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Newcastle: Eddie Howe must swoop for Ross Barkley in January

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley as they enter their first transfer window under their new ownership.

What’s the story?

According to TEAMtalk, the 28-year-old has a variety of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on him ahead of a potential swoop this month, with Newcastle being one of those.

The northeast club have been linked with an array of players since the completion of their Saudi-backed takeover in October and are now into the first transfer window under the new hierarchy. However, Eddie Howe’s side still remain in a desperate state, sitting 19th in the Premier League table and two points off safety, with 17th-placed Watford having two games in hand.

Barkley has managed just over 400 minutes of football in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea this term, and a move could be on the cards in order for the Englishman to rack up more game-time.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old will have this year’s World Cup on his mind and will be eyeing a potential England recall, which would probably only come if he is playing and impressing regularly.

Newcastle must seal a deal for Barkley

Despite a mixed few years since moving to Chelsea, Barkley still has plenty of talent and is a proven Premier League midfielder, something which could be of huge benefit to Howe.

The midfielder had received plenty of praise from former Blues boss Frank Lampard, who labelled him “first class”.

However, the 28-year-old was sent out on loan to Aston Villa last season, where impressed then-Villa manager Dean Smith in the early stages of his spell, who called him “a high-calibre player” after scoring twice in his first four league games for the Midlands club.

The loan didn’t go to plan though, with Barkley scoring just one more goal before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Valued by Transfermarkt at £11.7m, a deal for the midfielder could be a shrewd acquisition for Howe’s side, with the 44-year-old desperate for reinforcements over the next month.

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Article title: Newcastle: Eddie Howe must swoop for Ross Barkley in January

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