Newcastle must raise their offer for James Maddison if they want to land the Leicester star after a £40million bid was rejected.
But the Magpies look set to double-down on their raid of the Foxes, reportedly turning their attention to winger Harvey Barnes.
Cash-injected Newcastle are looking to bolster their ranks before the transfer window slams shut next month – and Leicester’s stars are on their radar.
On the hunt for another winger and forward, it has been reported that the Magpies also have Barnes high on their wish list as well as Maddison.
Now, according to The Mail, Newcastle have gone and made ‘an enquiry’ for him.
Barnes impressed last season, scoring 11 goals and making 14 assists – so it’s easy to see why Newcastle boss Eddie Howe wants the winger in his side.
However, likewise with Maddison, it may be hard to prize him away from the King Power, given homegrown star Barnes signed a new four-year-deal last summer and Leicester will be relying on him a lot next season.
The Geordies put in a £40million bid for Maddison – who has one year left on his current deal – on Friday.
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But the Foxes turned it down, wanting £60million for their man, with Newcastle now set to launch a new bid for the England international.
Leicester are yet to sign any players at all, meaning manager Brendan Rodgers is yet to be provided with transfer money to improve on last campaign’s eighth place finish.
Meanwhile, according to journalist Ignazio Genuardi, Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Leicester’s Wesley Fofana, but no bid has been accepted so far.
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