The Chronicle are reporting today they think the interest in Swansea winger Modou Barrow from Rafa Benitez is real and that Newcastle do want to sign the 24 year-old Gambian International on loan for the rest of the season.
Barrow does have a buy-out clause in his contract of £5M and we suppose if we cannot get Andros Townsend in this month, Newcastle could go for Barrow on loan with an option to buy in the summer if he looks the part by then.
Barrow is a talented player but as we reported yesterday he tends to be inconsistent.
24 year-old Swansea winger Modou Barrow
But it looks like new Swansea manager Paul Clement has already made his mind up on the player and he will be allowed to leave this month.
Aston Villa seem to be the favorites to sign him at the moment with Swansea wanting to offer Barrow in a part exchange deal plus cash for Jordon Ayew, as first reported in the Sunday People on Sunday.
But there seems little chance Villa manager Steve Bruce would be willing to let one of his best players leave in January.
Barrow could also prefer Newcastle over Villa, with the Midlands club not doing very well this season in the Championship and they are in 13th place and 9 points out of a play-off place.
Newcastle are currently top of the league and are 9 points clear of the 3rd placed side and in an automatic promotion place under world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
So if Rafa is really keen on Barrow and we cannot get Townsend in, the Spanish manager could go after Barrow who we suppose would be a decent addition for the rest of the season.
It would also be a huge opportunity for the 24 year-old to get on the Rafa bandwagon fairly early in his hopefully very long reign at Newcastle.
Barrow was signed from Swedish club Ostersunds in 2014 and the winger has made 51 appearances for the south Wales club.