Newcastle make Monaco’s Barreca first January signing

Date published: Thursday 31st January 2019 1:23 - Joe Williams

Monaco defender Antonio Barreca has become Newcastle’s first January signing, the Premier League club have announced.

The 23-year-old Italian has joined the club on loan until the end of the season, with the Magpies having negotiated an option to complete a permanent deal in the summer.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said: “The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while and he’s an Italy under-21 international who we know has quality, good delivery and is good going forward.

“He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for. Now we must see how quickly he can adapt, but we will try to help him and if he can give us more competition in this area, and more quality in the final third with his deliveries, the only thing I can see is a positive.”

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