Newcastle United are reportedly now leading the chase to sign Chelsea ace Ross Barkley.
The Lowdown: Howe knows all about him
The 27-year-old is a player that Eddie Howe knows all about from his time managing Bournemouth, but probably for the wrong reasons.
Should Newcastle sign Barkley?
The midfielder has scored three goals and provided a further three assists in eight games against the Cherries, winning four of those (Transfermarkt).
However, Howe could now have the opportunity to work alongside Barkley, should he make the move to St James’ Park.
The Latest: Newcastle leading the chase
As per TEAMtalk, Newcastle are now understood to be ‘leading the chase’ to sign Barkley, but they face competition from both Leeds United and Everton for his signature.
He may be available on a loan-to-buy option from Chelsea once the January transfer window opens, which could present an ideal scenario for the Tyneside club should they end up getting relegated from the Premier League.
Barkley has just over 18 months left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, so if he impresses during a prospective loan spell at Newcastle, he could be signed for a cut-price transfer fee.
The Verdict: No-brainer
That the Magpies could sign a player with Barkley’s experience on a loan deal, given the predicament in which they find themselves, makes this potential move a no-brainer.
The Englishman already has 230 Premier League games under his belt, and his 28 goals and 31 assists show that he is composed in front of goal (Transfermarkt).
It would also present a potentially mouth-watering link-up with Callum Wilson, who dubbed him an ‘unbelievable’ and ‘unreal’ player, and one with whom he would like to play, on The Super 6 podcast (via The Chronicle) earlier this year.
At 27 years of age, Barkley still has a lot to give, and his signing would provide little risk for the new owners given that he is a proven Premier League operator potentially available on the cheap.
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