Newcastle United are reportedly in firm negotiations to sign Leicester City forward Harvey Barnes, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano via Twitter.
Newcastle United have entered negotiations with Championship side Leicester City over a move for former England international Harvey Barnes ahead of their first Champions League campaign since 2003, as the foxes’ firesale continues following relegation to the second tier.
Who is Harvey Barnes?
The Burnley born winger has been with Leicester since 2007, graduating from the academy before enjoying three loan spells that lead to him becoming an established regular at the King Power Stadium.
Barnes also had loan spells at MK Dons, Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion before being recalled to play for the first team in 2018. Since returning to Leicestershire over five years ago, the wide player went on to make 181 appearances for the Blues, winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Europa League on two occasions.
The Championship/Champions League Awaits…
Leicester City will be back in the Championship next season, after falling short on the final day despite defeating West Ham. With Dean Smith unable to save the club following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.
On the other hand, Eddie Howe’s side qualified for the Champions League after a twenty year absence, finishing fourth in the Premier League.
What’s been said?
According to a Twitter post from journalist Fabrizio Romano, negotiations are in progress between the two clubs.
“Negotiations are underway for Harvey Barnes to Newcastle. Discussions are ongoing,
“player keen on the move, Eddie Howe wants Barnes.
“Not done deal yet as clubs still have to clarify some details, but well advanced.”
The East-Midlands outfit will have anticipated the loss of Barnes. Despite potentially losing their top scorer, the fee will be valuable to Leicester as they look to rebuild and recoup from the financial hits that come with Premier League relegation as Maresca’s side hope for an instant return to top flight football.
On the other end, the one-time England international will prove as a great option as the magpies look to bolster their squad for the added pressure of European football. Barnes could suit Eddie Howe’s system perfectly, bringing bags of energy at both ends of the pitch while providing a goal threat, the wide man will slot right in to the Toon’s counter-pressing system.