Reported Newcastle United targets Odsonne Edouard and Alfredo Morelos have both “definitely got the quality to play in the Premier League”, according to former Magpies midfielder John Barnes (Glasgow Times).
The Daily Star claimed in March that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce had held a series of video meetings with the St James’ Park club’s transfer team and the Celtic forward was identified as their top target.
Amid reports of a takeover at St James’ Park, the Northern Echo claimed in mid-June that Edouard “is expected to be a leading target whoever is in charge”.
As for Morelos, the Rangers sharpshooter has also been linked with Newcastle, Chronicle Live recently reiterating interest and adding that Ibrox is looking for £20million for the 24-year-old.
Barnes, who played for the Magpies between 1997 and 1999, insists the striking duo would be well suited to the Premier League if they made the decision to move down south.
“They’ve got the quality,” he told the Glasgow Times. “I don’t know whether they’ve got the quality to play for Liverpool, or Manchester City, or Chelsea, but they’ve definitely got the quality to play in the Premier League.
“Maybe not the better clubs. Maybe a smaller one. I don’t think either of them are going to come and take the place of Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino or first team players at Manchester City or Chelsea. Playing in the Premier League, I think they could both do well.”
Edouard and Morelos were both head and shoulders above everyone else in the Scottish Premiership last season – the Celtic ace grabbed 27 goals and 19 assists, while his Rangers rival claimed 29 goals and 10 assists.
With regards to an out-and-out centre forward, the Magpies should certainly be looking at either of the Old Firm stars, who have proven credentials in front of goal and are prime candidates to make the step up by heading down south.