Stevenage striker linked with Championship side bought by billionaire Chinese investor linked with Moneyball guru Billy Beane

PUBLISHED: 16:49 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:49 19 December 2017

Danny Newton is a target for a Championship side owned by a Chinese billionaire linked with Moneyball's Billy Beane. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Newton is a target for a Championship side owned by a Chinese billionaire linked with Moneyball's Billy Beane. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Stevenage FC forward Danny Newton is being tracked by two Sky Bet Championship clubs, according to reports.

Newton – signed following a 36-goal season with National League North side Tamworth FC – has scored nine times for Boro in all competitions this season, rousing the interest of both Queens Park Rangers and Barnsley.

The latter was taken over on Tuesday by a consortium led by Chinese-American investor Chien Lee.

According to Sky Sports, the consortium also includes Paul Conway – who works alongside Lee at French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice – and Billy Beane, the American baseball executive who pioneered the “Moneyball” approach to assembling a competitive sports team.

A move to either Championship side would see Newton’s metoric rise continue.

The 26-year-old is enjoying a productive first season in professional football, despite previously working full-time in a factory before his move to The Lamex Stadium in June.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll has been full of praise for the striker’s determination and work ethic since his arrival, with Newton linking well with last season’s top scorer, Matt Godden, in attack.

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