Not sure whether this is a made up story but we hope itâ€™s true – the Daily Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle United have made an offer for Derby Countyâ€™s 19 year-old Giles Barnes.
Giles Barnes - Newcastle have placed bid for player?
It looks like it could be a bit of a bargain too for the Barnet-born youngster, as the deal is said to be for Â£2M up front plus future add-ons, presumably for first team appearances. If thatâ€™s true, it reduces the risk of the signing, and may convince Newcastle that itâ€™s too good of a deal to pass up.
The reports are that the Newcastle scouts are keen on the club bringing in Giles Barnes, who looks a good player for 19 years-old, and can only get better.
Barnes has played 75 times for Derby County since signing for them in 2005 and has scored 10 goals, one of them against Newcastle United at St. Jamesâ€™ Park on 23rd December after just 6 minutes. Turns out his uncle is Bobby Barnes, the former West Ham player.
We think Barnes is a very good player and would be an excellent addition to the squad, and he can also get nicely bedded in, if we sign him in January. We certainly hope so, and think a couple of good signings will cheer up Newcastle fans greatly.
Giles Barnes and Lubos Kalouda would be two excellent signings for the club, if we can pull them off.