Newcastle target Leicester forward as part of swoop for £90m Premier League pair

Will Ford
Leicester City star Barnes

Leicester have slapped a £50m price tag on Harvey Barnes as Newcastle target the winger along with a second Premier League forward.

The Magpies have already spent close to £60m this summer, with Sven Botman joining from Lille, Nick Pope making the move from Burnley and Matt Targett making his loan move from Aston Villa permanent.

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But Eddie Howe wants to add forwards to his ranks and he’s reportedly very keen on Barnes.

The 24-year-old endured an injury-hit season in 2021-22 but is still valued highly by the Foxes, with The Sun claiming the club won’t listen to offers below £50m.

That’s likely to put Newcastle off the deal with their stance of refusing to offer over the odds for potential new additions to the squad.

And that’s also the case when it comes to their chase of Everton star Anthony Gordon.

Newcastle reportedly value the England Under-21 international at £25m but the Toffees want £40m for his transfer.

But their chase of Gordon is perhaps more likely to be successful given Everton’s financial problems and Frank Lampard’s inability to add significantly to his squad without player sales.

Howe is also said to be interested in Leeds winger Jack Harrison, who could be a cheap alternative to Barnes, with Newcastle said to have offered £18m.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has now responded to these comments, suggesting that Harrison’s “intention” is to remain at Leeds.

“Jack unintentionally brought attention to the whole situation because, for sure, his intention is to be with us,” said Marsch (via Leeds Live).

“Even when I mentioned about [how] we listen to lots of offers for lots of players, that’s the reality of what our business is.

“There’s always interest in our players because we have quality players. We’re in the top league in the world, but we feel strongly the guys we have within our group right now can help us be really successful and Jack is certainly one of those.

“Jack really didn’t mean to bring any attention to it and I’m sure he’ll have his chance to give his side of things, but I know he’s happy here. I know he loves playing for the club and he and I have a great relationship, and he knows how important I think he is to what we’re doing here in the future.”