Steve Nickson, Newcastle United’s head of recruitment since Graham Carr departed, was spotted at one of Tuesday night’s internationals.

Nigeria regular use the Hive Stadium at Canons Park for their internationals, the five thousand capacity Barnet Stadium. This allows their big European based stars to have minimum travel and encourages them to turn out for their country.

‘All Nigeria Soccer’ report that as well as Newcastle’s Steve Nickson, West Ham were also represented at the game in the shape of manager David Moyes.

They say that one possibility is that Rafa Benitez was having Aleksandar Mitrovic watched, as he decides his future, though that would seem a little unlikely when any Championship match he can have the striker easily watched playing for Fulham.

An alternative put forward is that NUFC could be having a look at Eddy Onazi who plays for Trabzonspor in Turkey.

The midfielder played over 100 games in Serie A and in Europe (Champions League and Europa League) before moving to Turkey in summer 2016.

Still only 25, Newcastle were claimed to have watched the player when he played for Nigeria in a 1-1 draw against Senegal at the same stadium as last night.

Former Nigeria international and woeful Newcastle player, Celestine Babayaro, was also in the crowd last night.