IAN CATHRO is ready to raid former club Newcastle to take striker Tom Heardman on a season long loan.
The 6ft4 hitman recently signed a new deal with the Premier League new boys after impressing during spells with Gateshead and Hartlepool.
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Cathro knows all about Heardman from his time at St James’ Park as assistant to Rafa Benitez.
He is also keen to use the loan market to bring in young talent with Manchester City left-back Ashley Smith-Brown another expected to move north.
And Newcastle under-23 boss Peter Beardsley revealed the club have high hopes Heardman can develop into a top striker.
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He said: “He wants to be the club’s number nine. To be fair he does some brilliant things.
“You can see the crowd’s reaction to him and he gets applause. It’s really pleasing. He’s my type of character in terms of technique.
“He has a lot of attributes that people like to see.”
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