By Kevin Phillips

18th Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Phillips: Newcastle have made big mistake amid reported Bartley twist

Kyle Bartley was one of West Brom’s best players last season and would have been an excellent capture for Newcastle United.

That is according to ex-Albion goalscorer Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 30-year-old centre-back.

The Telegraph reported on 8th July that the Magpies were eyeing a move for the defender, who is under contract at the Hawthorns for another year.

But six days later the same outlet claimed that Steve Bruce’s side had pulled the plug on their pursuit of the man that Albion value at £3million.

Phillips insisted that Bartley’s experience and leadership could have been a real asset to Newcastle in the upcoming season.

“I think it’s a fair price for his age and where he’s coming from,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“He’s a solid defender and you could have seen him and Lascelles forming a good partnership. I think for £3m plus his wages it’s not going to kill you.

“He possibly wouldn’t have played week in, week out. But he’s also got that experience which could be vital for Newcastle next season.

“He was definitely one of the best players at West Brom after Allardyce came in last season. He’s a leader on and off the pitch as well, which helps. It could be a top deal.

The Baggies signed Bartley from Swansea City in 2018.

He featured 30 times last term as Albion were relegated to the Championship.

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