Newcastle United are set to sign former Nottingham Forest youngster Matthew Bondswell, according to the Daily Mail.

The youngster joined RB Leipzig in 2018 but having failed to make an impact he’s seen his contract temrinated.

The left-back will join Newcastle as a free agent, whilst West Ham were also interested.

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Bondswell had spent the first half of 2020/21 on loan in Holland. His indifferent spell with FC Dordrecht was ended in January, however.

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He will complete his move to St James’ Park on Monday and will initially join the under-23 ranks.

Bondswell was merely a boy when he left Forest. Despite interest from Manchester United he chose to head to Germany and join Leipzig.

The 18-year-old never came close to a first-team place but played 40 matches for various academy sides.

Bondswell has been capped by England from under-15 to under-17 and has played with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Harvey Elliott and Jamal Musiala.

Newcastle are struggling under Steve Bruce and find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle.

Signing a player who seemingly has a bright future will give their under-23 ranks a boost and for Forest fans it represents an intriguing signing.

Did Forest miss a trick over Bondswell?

Not really as they club were powerless to prevent him from joining the Bundesliga outfit.

Having left at such a young age it was impossible to tell what sort of impact he might go onto have in his career.

It has to be said that nobody really knows just how good he is yet either.

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He’s rarely played men’s football and made just seven appearances when he went out on loan earlier this season.

Forest can’t get every single verdict on young talent right and in fairness to the club the jury remains out on Bondswell.

His Newcastle move could truly tell the club whether they’ll live to rue Bondswell leaving the club to join Leipzig.

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