Newcastle United are reportedly battling Aston Villa for Brentford defender Yoann Barbet who play either at centre-back or left-back – but that is not a good sign for January recruit Antonio Barreca.
CalcioMercato claim Newcastle are keen on Barbet, who is out of contract at the end of the season. The Frenchman is also being tracked by Championship side Aston Villa, after playing under Villa manager Dean Smith at Griffin Park.
A regular for Brentford, the ex-Bordeaux youth player can play at centre-back but is perhaps better on the left side of defence. On a free transfer, he would be an excellent signing for either side.
Newcastle are well stocked at left-back. Matt Ritchie has been excellent for The Toon on the left side of defence, while Paul Dummett impressed on Saturday against Bournemouth as captain.
The Toon also boast Kenedy on loan from Chelsea in a deal that could become permanent. Javier Manquillo and Ciaran Clark are naturally a right-back and a centre-back, but have played on the left side of defence.
It leaves January signing Barreca’s chances of earning a permanent deal at St. James’ Park at almost zero. He joined Newcastle with plenty of optimism from AS Monaco.
The 24-year-old Italian made his debut for Newcastle against Tottenham, coming on for four minutes. But he has since been left out of the Toon’s entire 18-man squad for the last six games.
Barreca’s chances of joining Newcastle permanently for £8million (Di Marzio) are already narrow. But signing Barbet on a free will leave the ex-Torino star with no chance of joining Newcastle beyond the summer.