Newcastle eyeing Barreca
Newcastle are said to be interested in Monaco full-back Antonio Barreca, according to the Mail.
The Magpies were close to signing Lazio defender Jordan Lukaku earlier this week.
However, after the full-back arrived in the North East, the deal would collapse.
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As a result, Newcastle have seemingly turned their attention to Barreca as a Lukaku replacement.
Barreca joined Monaco in July of 2018 from Torino for a fee of around £8m.
Since moving to France though, Barreca has found his first-team chances very limited.
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The 23-year-old has made just seven Ligue 1 appearances this campaign, the last of which came in October of 2018.
Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle to strengthen in January
Newcastle’s interest in Barreca comes on the back of a report by the Telegraph suggesting Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle in the summer if new signings are not made.
Benitez’s side have had a poor 2018/19 season so far and sit just two points above the relegation zone.
Newcastle did pick up a 3-0 win over Cardiff in their last game but it is still quite clear they need to invest.
Newcastle have also been linked with a move for Man United’s Antonio Valencia.
United’s next league game sees them play host to Manchester City.