Newcastle are leading the race to sign Harvey Barnes from Leicester City this summer, according to The Guardian.
Eddie Howe is eyeing fresh additions to his squad and the prospect of securing a left winger hinges on the potential departure of Allan Saint-Maximin, who has garnered considerable attention from clubs in the Saudi Pro League.
Newcastle’s midfield has been strengthened with the acquisition of Tonali from Milan, and now Howe’s main priority is to improve their attacking options with Barnes emerging as a key target.
Harvey Barnes set for exit
The England international was set aside for praise by Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp who described the player as “unbelievable”. The Reds manager went on to wax lyrical about Barnes’ qualities.
The 25-year-old scored 13 Premier League goals for the Foxes last season but it wasn’t enough to prevent Leicester from getting relegated to the Championship.
Along with Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham and Aston Villa are also exploring moves for Barnes. Although all four potential suitors would offer the Englishman European football, Newcastle have an edge due to playing in the more prestigious Champions League.
It is unclear how much price tag has been placed on Barnes but Leicester supposedly wants £50m and they could likely accept a lower fee after being relegated.