Despite being linked with a move to Newcastle United this summer, former Toon player Steve Howey reckons that reports linking the club with a £3m move for West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Bartley could just be agent talk.
Speaking exclusively to Transfer Tavern, Howey said: “Agents have a lot to do with that. I think agents sometimes get it out there to the press, just to stir up some kind of interest.
“The agent’s doing his job for his player, but sometimes you know there’s nothing in it”.
Whilst Newcastle finished last season strong losing only three of their last 10 games in the Premier League, manager Steve Bruce will want to refresh his squad and add reinforcements to it this summer.
The Magpies conceded 62 goals in the Premier League last season, so that will be one area of his squad that Bruce will want to strengthen.
Kyle Bartley was one of West Brom’s better players last season despite the club getting relegated from the Premier League and if Newcastle do go ahead and secure the signature of the defender, Steve Howey reckons they will have a good addition, adding: “As a player, I think he’s a very solid player”.
At just £3m, Bartley would be a real coup for Newcastle and not only bring strength defensively, but the centre-back also would chip-in with a few goals, as he has scored 18 throughout his career.
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