Newcastle have enquired about Leicester winger Harvey Barnes after having £35m bid for team-mate James Maddison rebuffed… with Eddie Howe also chasing Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet as he looks to bolster his squad
- Newcastle United make enquiry for Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes
- Magpies have already had bid for Barnes’ team-mate James Maddison rejected
- Brendan Rodgers side need sell to raise funds to bring new signings to club
The Magpies, whose bid of about £35m was knocked back, are targeting a winger and a forward and have Barnes high on their list. Like Maddison, the Foxes value their homegrown star in excess at about £60million and the 24-year-old is thought to be happy at the club, after signing a new four-year deal last summer.
Leicester need to sell in order to provide boss Brendan Rodgers with transfer funds, while their next set of accounts are likely to show a significant loss.
Newcastle are lining up another bid for Leicester City’s England wining Harvey Barnes
Eddie Howe is keen to add a winger and a striker to his squad before the end of the window
As well as Newcastle’s interest in Barnes and Maddison, defender Wesley Fofana is admired by Chelsea.
Both Barnes’ last two seasons have been interrupted by injury but he has still produced impressive numbers.
He scored 11 goals and provided 14 assists in the last campaign, after ending the 2020-21 season with 13 goals and four assists. He has been capped once by England.
If Maddison is still a Leicester player by the end of this window, he is likely to be offered a new deal, after signing his last contract in 2020.
Newcastle have had a £40million bid for James Maddison turned down by Leicester this week
Leicester need to sell to allow Brendan Rogers some money to spend in the transfer market
The 25-year-old playmaker has two years left on his current agreement, worth about £100,000 a week.
Though he has been largely ignored by England boss Gareth Southgate, Maddison has proved himself one of the Premier League’s best attacking midfielders and finished last term with 18 goals and 12 assists.
Rodgers said earlier this month that Maddison had been in the shape of his life during pre-season.