Reports today that Middlesbrough will fight it out with Newcastle United for Derby midfielder Giles Barnes.
Giles Barnes – Middlesbrough also interested
Newcastle are definitely interested in the youngster, and he is one that Kevin Keegan has talked about bringing to the club for the future.
Indeed Newcastle tried to get him in January when Keegan was manager but their reported bid of Â£2M for the 19-year-old was rejected out of hand by manager Paul Jewell. But Jewell at the time said that an improved bid (around Â£3M), would be acceptable to Derby, so we would hope that Newcastle would go back soon, with an improved offer.
In fact we are hoping that Newcastle are putting the bids in for their players now, so we can attract the new players early, and they will have sufficient time to bed down at Newcastle, before the new season begins.
Barnes had a knee operation recently, and will be out until next season, but in a straight choice between Middlesbrough and Newcastle weâ€™ve got to believe heâ€™d prefer to play in front of 52,000 home gates and join the Keegan revolution.
Middlesbrough are said to be preparing to lose Fabio Rochemback and want Barnes as a replacement.
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