By Russell Edge
Newcastle United have held talks over a potential move for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim on their website that officials from the Tyneside club held a meeting with potential investor Amanda Staveley, who is one of the front runners in takeover talks for the Magpies with her investment firm PCP Capital Partners.
The report states that the discussions focused on the transfer budget which would be handed to manager Rafael Benitez if she were successful in her purchase of the club, with Staveley said to be willing to back him with funds in the region of £100million.
They also claim that potential targets for the January window were discussed, with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, Everton’s Ross Barkley and West Ham’s Andy Carroll, a former Newcastle star, all mooted as potential options.
Barkley, who has refused a new contract with the Toffees with his current deal set to expire next summer, is said to be wanted by Tottenham, with the Daily Telegraph stating the Lilywhites value the 23-year-old at £20million and will make a move for the 22-time-capped England international in January.
Football Insider verdict
It seems unlikely that potential targets would be being discussed with Staveley prior to her takeover but news of a potential £100million budget is promising, and would give the club the chance to push on this season. The trio named are all experienced Premier League stars and aside from Carroll, look to be made available for sale, which could mean a reduced price for the Magpies. A left back and a striker are without a doubt a priority for Benitez in January, and Shaw seems like the ideal signing to improve the squad, but is bringing Carroll back to St James’ Park the right move to improve their forward line? Barkley meanwhile might be a step too far for Benitez, with Tottenham hot on his heels, and there is no way the Magpies can compete with Spurs right now.
In other Newcastle United news, a journalist has provided a positive update on takeover talks.