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Udoka Chima set for Newcastle United trial

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Newcastle United look set to hand a trial to Nigerian centre-back Udoka Chima.

This comes from All Nigeria Soccer, who report that three clubs have invited the 19-year-old to train with them this summer with a view to a potential contract offer.

Newcastle are said to be one of those, while Championship club Coventry City look set to have him in July before a week with Sporting Braga in Portugal.

Chima is currently a free agent, being without a club since Burnley released him from their academy at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Coventry attempted to sign the defender before he arrived at Turf Moor, and it seems the Magpies have also been eyeing him up for several months.

Sportslens view: 

It isn’t easy to assess just how good Chima is, given he’s only played a handful of games in Burnley’s youth set-up before spending the past year without a club.

That said, he must have something about him to have previously landed a contract at a Premier League club.

It also counts for something that he’s receiving Championship interest and has admirers at Braga – one of the bigger clubs in Portugal.

With Newcastle adding two young centre-backs to the U23 squad in Liverpool’s Remi Savage and Chelsea’s Charlie Wiggett this week, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Chima ends up earning a contract at Coventry or Braga.

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