Newcastle United agree deal to sign Harvey Barnes

Newcastle United have reportedly reached an agreement with Leicester City for the transfer of left winger Harvey Barnes.

Newcastle United are set to sign Harvey Barnes after agreeing a £38 million deal with Leicester City for the winger. That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Magpies reached a compromise with the Foxes over a transfer fee. And with personal terms not being a problem, the move will accelerate quickly, with a medical pencilled in the next couple of days.

The two clubs have been locked in talks since Barnes declared his desire to make a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United, who have been looking to bolster their left wing with a prolific attacker.

The recent developments around the sale of star Allan Saint-Maximin to Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Ahli is expected to open up space in the squad and help ensure the Barnes move goes through and Newcastle United stay within Financial Fair Play constraints, with room to add another player or two to Eddie Howe’s side.

Having already sold James Maddison to Tottenham Hotspur for a similar fee, Barnes was always going to be one of the big names departing Leicester this summer as the club looked to reduce their wage bill following relegation to the Championship.

Despite the relegation last season, the 25-year-old was a bright spark and was the top scorer for the Foxes. Barnes netted 13 Premier League goals from his wide position, which is mighty impressive when you consider how poor Leicester were on the whole.

Barnes’s preferred destination has always been St. James’ Park rather than Aston Villa or West Ham, who have both expressed an interest in acquiring the winger. The Foxes’ winger seems to be enticed by the prospect of Champions League football on Tyneside as well as Newcastle’s overall ambitious project.

With 2024 Euros in Germany next summer, the one-time England international would also hope to use the transfer as a springboard to be able to break into Gareth Southgate’s squad. This one virtually looks to be a done deal. If all goes to plan and his medical is finalised over the weekend, Barnes will jet out to the United States early next week to meet his new teammates for the Premier League summer series.

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