Sky reporter claims NUFC are now trying to sign Antonio Barreca

According to Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Newcastle are now showing interest in signing Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca.

The Italian has played 9 times for Monaco this season following a move from Torino last summer, bagging two assists in the process.

It’s been made clear that Benitez is looking for an attack minded left-back this month, so a move for the Italian U-21 international would make sense on that front.

His Monaco side have had a torrid season so far, with Thierry Henry’s men currently in the drop zone – meaning Barreca may be tempted to move on given the very real threat of relegation.

What is unclear is whether we’ll be pursuing a loan or permanent deal – however I’d expect it to be the former given the way we appear to be approaching transfers this month; especially when he cost Monaco £9m just a few months ago.

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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