Newcastle deal for PL attacker looking unlikely as clubs fail to reach agreement - report
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle’s move for Swansea winger Modou Barrow is looking unlikely due to the clubs failing to reach an agreement, according to a report.
North east publication the Shields Gazette has claimed that the Magpies are looking for a loan move without the obligation to buy the attacker.
However, the Welsh side want to sell the 24-year-old this window as he hasn’t played since Swansea’s New Years Eve defeat against Bournemouth.
It is believed that unless the Premier League club have a change of heart then a deal isn’t looking like it will happen and Newcastle are exploring other loan options.
Barrow made the switch to Swansea in the 2014 summer window for £1.5million from Swedish club Ostersunds FK.
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He has had loan spells at Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Blackburn during his three years in England, but failed to make an impact with either, playing just nine times in total for each club.
Toon boss Rafa Benitez has earmarked a wide man as a target this window and has been linked with moves for Andros Townsend and Swans teammate Jefferson Montero.
The north east giants are currently sat in second place in the Championship table and they will be eager to strengthen this window and return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Football Insider verdict:
It is strongly felt that Newcastle have made the correct decision with this one. Barrow has not shown in his three years in England that he has got much, if any talent to play in the top divisions. In fact, it was quite a surprise to see that the Magpies were even interested in him in the first place. Both usual wingers Yoan Gouffran and Matt Ritchie are better than Barrow, while squad player Christian Atsu is also markedly better. It is looking highly likely that Newcastle will be back in the top flight in a few months time and if they did pay out a fee to sign Barrow then he would simply be nothing but a waste of money.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Toon are remaining hopeful they can sign this winger before Wednesday’s deadline.