Former England No.1 Paul Robinson believes Newcastle United may look to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk in January.

The former Premier League goalkeeper was speaking to Football Insider amid reports linking the Toon with the 21-year-old.

Mudryk is quickly gaining a reputation due to his exploits in the Champions League.

After scoring once and providing two assists in Shakhtar Donetsk’s opening Champions League group-stage tie, the winger grabbed the equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Celtic.

Arsenal are thought to be keeping a watchful eye on the Ukrainian starlet but Robinson believes that Newcastle could make their move in the winter window in order to secure an upgrade on their current options.

He said: “He looks like a real talent.

“To be putting in performances in the Champions League at his age says a lot.

“I’m sure there are a few clubs looking at him now. It is only a matter of time before he leaves Shakthar. They cannot keep rebuffing bids. There will be a figure that they have in mind.

“Newcastle would be an attractive proposition. I think they could do with another top winger.

“Obviously they have Saint-Maximin but I’m not sure Almiron, [Jacob] Murphy and [Ryan] Fraser are going to get them to where they want to be.

“Mudryk is a player for now and the future. Howe is evolving that squad slowly. I think they will continue to develop over the next 12 months.”

Dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Messi’, Mudryk was the subject of a £26m bid from Brentford in the summer and five goal returns in five appearances so far this term have only enhanced his reputation, although he was sent off in his latest domestic appearance for Shakhtar.

Nonetheless, considering Miguel Almiron’s goal is the only one that the trio of the Paraguayan, Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy have managed this season, he could well be a significant improvement on Eddie Howe’s current choices.

He burst onto the scene last season, being directly involved in 11 goals (nine assists) in just 865 minutes, earning his first call-up to the national side, and is likely to be the subject of a bidding war the longer he stays in his native country.

However, PIF may decide to stay ahead of the curve and plot a swoop mid-season and Robinson seems to think that it could well be the best approach.