Newcastle are leading Leeds and Everton in the race to sign Chelsea attacking midfielder Ross Barkley when the January transfer window opens, according to TEAMtalk.
The website claims that all three Premier League clubs are preparing loan bids for the 27-year-old, which include an option to buy at the end of the season.
Barkley started his first Premier League game of the campaign against Burnley last weekend, with manager Thomas Tuchel explaining his reasoning for the midfielder’s selection after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge:
“If you watched Ross in training you would see that he had deserved to start. We changed the shape of the front three today and played with a number 10 position to get in behind the two number sixes of Burnley. It was the perfect positive for Ross. He waited a long time and he has made a huge impact on our matches when he has come off the bench.”
The player reportedly still believes he can force his way back into the England squad for next year’s World Cup but, to do that, he will need to be playing regularly.
Much will, therefore, depend on how much game time Tuchel gives Barkley between now and the New Year. If he remains a fringe player with the Blues, a loan departure looks like a distinct possibility.