Report: Newcastle plot swoop for 27-year-old PL hitman, club open to move after development
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are weighing up a move for Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, according to a report.
The Mirror claims on its live transfer blog (Wednesday, 10.14am), that Burnley will listen to offers for their 27-year-old hitman following the arrival of Chris Wood from Leeds.
Wood arrived in a permanent deal from Championship club Leeds for £15million and it means that Barnes could be surplus to requirements.
He still has two years left on his contract and scored six goals in 28 Premier league appearances last season.
Huddersfield and Middlesborough are also said to be interested in the striker.
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Newcastle were credited with an interest in the player before, with ESPN claiming in May that the club were readying a £6million bid.
Football Insider verdict:
Poor old Newcastle. They’re being linked with almost every player under the sun at the moment and they still can’t seem to get any deals over the line. This is one the fans might be hoping doesn’t come to fruition. Barnes hasn’t delivered at Burnley and Magpies fans would see their club as bigger than their northern rivals, even if Mike Ashley is doing all he can to make that seem laughable. Barnes hasn’t scored anywhere near enough goals since he was at Brighton in League One back in the 2010/11 season. He scored 18 goals in 42 games then, but hasn’t registered anywhere near as prolifically since. He is not going to ride in and save Newcastle’s season.
In other Newcastle news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the Magpies’ clash versus Nottingham Forest.