Newcastle are still interested in 19 year-old Derby County winger Giles Barnes.
Giles Barnes – 19 year old Derby County midfielder
Even though Derby County were relegated last year, manager Paul Jewell will try to keep his best players, and Rams chairman Adam Pearson has signaled the clubâ€™s intention to try to hold onto youngster Giles Barnes:
â€œHeâ€™s young, British and has got a lot of talent â€“ but he is injured and itâ€™s an injury we donâ€™t expect him to come back from until October time,â€
â€œSo if clubs are brave enough to take a punt on Giles while heâ€™s injured, then we would look at every offer.”
“But I think it would be highly surprising â€“ at this stage of his rehabilitation â€“ for a club to come in for him.”
“But you canâ€™t rule anything out.â€
Barnes had a knee operation a few months ago, and initially it was thought he’d be ready for the start of next season, but the delay will probably stop Newcastle from bidding in the summer, although he could be a target for next January.
Newcastle were interested in Barnes last January, and we are said to have bid around Â£2M for the youngster.
Derby County want Â£3M plus incentives for Barnes, and we think the 19 year-old is worth that.
He would fit right into the mold of play Keegan will be playing and heâ€™s also English.
News on the grapevine is that he would be keen to join Newcastle United, which is good to hear.
We think Giles will be a good acquisition for the squad, and we hope we can get him sometime soon, if not in the summer.