Ex-Wits defender in talks with Newcastle

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Former Bidvest Wits defender Bradley Cross has reportedly opened talks with Newcastle United after impressing the Premier League club on trial.

The 19-year-old centre-back has been a free agent since the expiry of his contract with Bidvest Wits, which ended after a fruitful loan spell with Schalke 04.

Cross spent two years with the U-19 squad where he earned massive plaudits due to his impressive partnership with Malick Thiaw, which is said to have attracted the interest of several English top-flight clubs.

However, Newcastle are now said to be keen on adding them to their reserve team squad for the season, according to The Chronicle, who confirms he spent the past seven days training with the club.

With the former Mpumalanga Black Aces academy starlet holding an English passport, there will be no issues in securing a work permit - which has plagued Percy Tau's career - should the Magpies decide to rope him in.

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