Newcastle ‘keep interest in Chelsea player Ross Barkley’ with Steve Bruce keeping an eye on former Everton manman

Newcastle ‘has an interest in Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley’, while Steve Bruce keeps an eye on the former Everton man ‘even if he manages to sign Joe Willock from Arsenal this summer’

  • Newcastle look to Ross Barkley to bolster their midfield for next season
  • A report in The Athletic said Steve Bruce wants to sign a box-to-box midfielder
  • Bruce is also considering Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, report says
  • Barkley had an inconsistent loan campaign at Aston Villa last season seizoen

Newcastle are looking to bolster their midfield for next season and are considering an approach to Chelsea for Ross Barkley, according to a report.

Barkley, 27, was loaned to Aston Villa last season but Newcastle are keeping an eye on his situation as they try to add a box-to-box midfielder to their roster. the athletic.

The report says Newcastle has ‘interest’ in Barkley and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.

Newcastle ‘have an interest’ in the signing of Ross Barkley, according to a report in The Athletic

Barkley started last season on loan at Aston Villa 'like a house on fire' before losing form

Barkley started last season on loan at Aston Villa ‘like a house on fire’ before losing form

And they are keen to sign the former England international, even if they do eventually bring Joe Willock back to the club after an exceptional loan spell from Arsenal in the second half of last season.

Barkley was once seen as English football’s next great hope as he grew through Everton’s youth system, but a series of serious injuries have hampered his progress.

He earned a £15 million transfer to Chelsea in January 2018, but never got a clean run in the team under Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri or Frank Lampard.

Lampard showed confidence in him early in his first season at Chelsea, before sidelining him after a number of poor displays and incidents off the pitch, such as going to a nightclub a few days before a Champions League trip to Valencia.

Last year he was revived with a promising start to the loan spell at Villa, when he scored and shone in the incredible 7-2 win over champions Liverpool in his second game.

Newcastle coach Steve Bruce wants to sign a box-to-box midfielder and is excited about Barkley

Newcastle coach Steve Bruce wants to sign a box-to-box midfielder and is excited about Barkley

Newcastle want to get Joe Willock back but would still love to see Barkley if they cut a deal

Newcastle want to get Joe Willock back but would still love to see Barkley if they cut a deal

But a hamstring injury in November forced him out for two months and he struggled to get back into shape.

He was also in the headlines again for all the wrong reasons when he was caught ignoring coronavirus restrictions by partying with Jack Grealish in London in December.

He was then left humiliated when Villa coach Dean Smith dropped him before a match with Leeds and turned to teenager Jacob Ramsey instead.

Smith said at the end of the campaign that Barkley ‘started the season like a house on fire’ before the injury and was inconsistent then, but added: ‘One thing I can say about him is that he was never afraid of a challenge. He is an asset to himself, especially on the training field with us.’

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