Newcastle United are on the verge of completing their first major signing of the summer, as Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes is reportedly undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed transfer. According to various sources, Barnes is expected to sign a five-year contract with Newcastle, who have agreed to pay around £25 million for his services.

Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle
Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle

Barnes, 23, is a product of Leicester’s academy and has emerged as one of their most promising talents in recent years. He made his debut for the Foxes in 2016 and has since scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in 99 appearances across all competitions. Last season, he was a regular starter for Leicester and contributed to their fifth-place finish in the Premier League, scoring nine goals and providing four assists. He also earned his first call-up to the England national team in March, and has made three appearances so far.

Newcastle’s interest in Barnes is not surprising, as they have been looking to strengthen their attacking options and add more pace and creativity to their side. Barnes, who can play on either wing or as a forward, fits the bill with his directness, dribbling ability, and goal threat. He could also form a promising partnership with Newcastle’s new signing Callum Wilson, who scored 12 goals for the Magpies last season.

Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle
Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle

If the transfer goes through, it would be a significant coup for Newcastle, who have struggled to attract top talents in recent years due to their limited budget and uncertain ownership situation. It would also be a boost for their fans, who have been calling for more ambition and investment from the club’s hierarchy. Barnes, who is still young and has room for improvement, could be a key player for Newcastle for years to come, and could help them climb up the table and challenge for European qualification.

Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle
Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle

However, the transfer is not without risks and challenges. Barnes has had a history of knee injuries, which forced him to miss some games last season and could raise concerns about his long-term fitness. Moreover, Leicester may be reluctant to sell one of their prized assets, especially to a direct rival in the league. Leicester have already lost another winger, Demarai Gray, to Everton this summer, and may not want to weaken their squad further.

Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle
Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle

Nevertheless, if Barnes passes his medical and agrees personal terms with Newcastle, the transfer could be announced soon, and could signal a new era of optimism and ambition for the Magpies. It would also be a reminder to the rest of the league that Newcastle, despite their recent struggles and controversies, still have the potential to attract and develop young talents and compete with the best.

Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle
Barnes completes the final steps to become a rookie of Newcastle

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