Newcastle will need to add strength and depth to their squad for the upcoming Premier League season, however the Magpies have just been dealt a major blow in their attempt to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan.
North East rivals Middlesbrough, who were relegated from the top-flight last term, are also on the hunt for talent to propel them to the top-flight once more, and it's emerged that Boro - according to a report published by Sky Sports - are supposedly in pole position to lure the youngster in the summer, causing yet another headache for Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle and the Reds have allegedly been in talks regarding a season long switch to St. James' park for Ojo, although the two clubs have failed to agree upon terms for the deal.
The stumbling block for the 'Toon' has ultimately opened the door for Garry Monk to make his interest known in the attacker, as he aims to build a Championship winning squad, much like Newcastle's of last season.
Ojo, who made his senior debut in January 2016, was limited to just two FA Cup appearances in the 2016-17 campaign - injury woes subsequently hampered his overall inclusion in Jurgen Klopp's fold.
But despite the lack of game time for the Merseysiders, the 20-year-old featured in the triumphant England U20 set-up which won the