Newcastle have completed the signing of Harvey Barnes from Leicester City in a £39 million deal.
The Magpies were among several clubs interested in Barnes but have won the race for his signature. They beat Tottenham to the signature of Barnes, who joins as a replacement for French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, who is set to move to Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli. The Saudi club have offered Newcastle up to £40m for Saint-Maximin.
Meanwhile, Leicester were looking for £40m for Barnes, with Newcastle hoping to do a deal at around £30m, but the clubs have now found a resolution.
The 25-year-old made 187 appearances for Leicester and won the FA Cup after coming through the club’s academy. His 13 goals for the club last season was a career-best despite Leicester’s relegation from the Premier League.
Barnes said to the club after sealing his deal, “I’m delighted. It’s an amazing club, and for me, it’s a massive opportunity to come and be involved in a successful team that’s doing exciting things, so I’m absolutely buzzing to be here.
“I think it’s an attacker’s dream to come into a team like this; it’s high-paced, it’s physically demanding, but you can see the rewards of that with the chances and the goals scored, so I think I’ll certainly suit the style.”
Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe added: “Harvey is an exciting talent who I have admired for a long time, so I’m delighted to welcome him to Newcastle United.
“He is strong, quick and very good technically, and he showed last season in particular that he has an eye for goal from wide positions.
“He will add a different element to our play, and we look forward to working with him as we prepare for the season ahead.”