By Danny Wright
Turkish league leaders Besiktas are planning a bid for Newcastle’s Daniel Barlaser in the summer, according to a report.
Fanatik reports that Besiktas transfer guru Metin Albayrak has been tracking the wonderkid’s progress for some time.
The Istanbul club will be competing with their fierce rivals Fenerbahce for Barlaser’s signature, who are also interested in signing the player.
The 20-year-old was born in Gateshead but has represented the Turkish national team at two different youth levels.
He was handed his Newcastle debut in January when he played the whole 90 minutes in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over Birmingham.
Rafa Benitez kept the faith in the midfielder by playing him in the next Cup match against Oxford, however the Magpies were knocked out in a 3-0 defeat.
Barlaser has been a regular for the Newcastle development side this season, playing 18 games in Premier League 2, scoring once and providing one assist.
The six-time Turkish Under-17 player, although a central midfielder, can also be utilised on the left wing.
He’s made 60 appearances for the Magpies development team in his time with the club.
Besiktas are currently top of the Super Lig with 58 points from 26 games.
Senol Gunes’ side are five points clear of Istanbul BB who are surprisingly above Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Football Insider Verdict
Barlaser’s opportunities at St. James’ Park have been very rare, so it’s likely that he will be better off moving away from the club. At 20-years-of-age, you would have expected him to have played more than just twice for the first team. Besiktas look likely to secure a place in next season’s Champions League so that could be a massive chance for Barlaser to really kick off his career. The Turkish league doesn’t have a great deal of quality so a move to Istanbul could prove to be a stepping stone in his career. It’s quite rare for young English-born players to move abroad in the early parts of their career but Eric Dier has proved a success story following his time with Sporting CP.
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