Journalist Dean Jones has reiterated Newcastle United’s desire to sign a creative player during the transfer window this summer.
Jones was speaking to This is Futbol about the Magpies’ potential transfer business going into the last few weeks of the summer market.
Eddie Howe has welcomed just three additions to St James’ Park this season, including centre-back Sven Botman, goalkeeper Nick Pope and left-back Matt Targett, whose loan from Aston Villa was turned into a permanent deal this summer.
However, the side have not signed a creative-minded player so far, despite the club having been linked with players such as Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby as well as Leicester City duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes this summer.
It is reported that Leicester are demanding around £50m for Barnes this summer, and discussing the possibility of bringing him to Tyneside this summer, Jones stated that Newcastle are “definitely keen” to add a creative player such as Barnes to their ranks before the window closes.
He said: “Newcastle are definitely keen to sign somebody who’s got his creativity, basically.
“He is a lot of money, that’s the thing they have to consider – that’d be a lot to spend on Harvey Barnes.”
TIF Thoughts on Jones’ comments…
We believe that Newcastle fans will agree with Jones’ comments and will be hoping that the Saudi Public Investment Fund can deliver the club some more creative flair this summer.
The Magpies scored 44 goals in the Premier League last season, which ranked them 12th in the Premier League goalscoring charts.
For the side to achieve a top-half finish this season, we believe that their tally of goals needs to increase, and therefore, the club should be prepared to spend big in order to bring in some attacking reinforcements this summer.
You would imagine there is money available, but whether they would deem it worthwhile to place such a heavy outlay on Barnes – who registered 25 goal contributions in all competitions last season – remains to be seen.