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Newcastle closing on signing of Leicester winger Barnes

Newcastle are closing in on the signing of Harvey Barnes and hope to agree a deal with Leicester for the winger over the next week, according to The Telegraph.

Barnes has been a target of West Ham, who had been at the front of the queue, and Aston Villa, but Newcastle have stolen a march on their rivals.

Leicester are thought to value Barnes at around £40m, with Newcastle hoping to pay closer to £35m, but a deal is expected to be agreed.L

West Ham’s move for Barnes was held up by Declan Rice’s move to Arsenal as the London club waited to bring money in before formalising their strong interest with a bid.

Villa have indicated an interest in Barnes but have not moved as fast as Newcastle, who have made significant progress in their pursuit of the 25-year-old this week.

With Newcastle now ready to make a bid, Barnes is unlikely to turn down the opportunity to play Champions League football even if Villa or West Ham make a late move.

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