Tozer set for Toon switch

Swindon starlet close to North East move

Tozer: Toon challenge

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Newcastle United look to have won the race to sign Swindon Town's highly-rated starlet Ben Tozer.

The 17-year-old defender arrived at St James' Park on Monday in a bid to thrash out personal terms in a deal that could net cash-strapped Swindon in excess of £1million.

The two clubs concurred on an initial fee of £250,000, which could rise to an eventual £1.1million depending on appearances.

A move to the Premier League would cap a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Tozer, who only arrived at Swindon in the summer having been deemed surplus to requirements at Plymouth.

Deal close

A club spokesman confirmed: "Ben has travelled up today and we are very confident that he will agree a deal.

"The deal is not yet confirmed but both clubs have agreed a deal and we are just waiting for confirmation."

Tozer previously had a trial at Everton earlier this season but it now looks as though he has opted for a move to the North East.