Newcastle United now reportedly want to sign Ross Barkley when the January transfer window opens.
The Lowdown: Free to go
As per 90min, Barkley is free to leave Chelsea in January, and was even expected to go in the summer.
Should Newcastle sign Barkley?
West Ham United were exploring a loan move for the central midfield player at one stage, while Burnley entered the race at the end of the window.
The Latest: Talks already ongoing
According to 90min, the St. James’ Park faithful are one of three clubs in the Premier League who now want to sign Barkley in January, along with both Leeds United and Burnley.
They are keen to do a deal for the Englishman, and intermediaries have actually already initiated talks with the North East club to offer his services.
Barkley is on the shortlist of the new owners, along with Blues teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Verdict: Sign
Barkley may have fallen off from the early hype he got while playing for Everton, but he is still a player who can add to the current Magpies squad.
Dubbed an ‘unbelievable’ and ‘unreal’ player by none other than Callum Wilson – and one who he would like to play with – on The Super 6 podcast (via The Chronicle), he may cherish linking up with a deadly striker in Wilson, who showed how much of a threat he is when given the right service with a goal at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
It is amazing that he is still just 27 years of age, as it feels as if he has been around forever, and given that Chelsea seemingly want to get rid, Barkley could be available for a price Newcastle’s new owners can comfortably afford.
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