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Speaking on the Ranks FC Podcast, Dean Jones discussed Newcastle and their pursuit of a new creative midfielder.

Magpies on the market for a new toymaker. They’ve put in two shows for James Madison over the past week, and they seem pretty eager to bolster that area of ​​the team.

Unfortunately for Newcastle, taking Madison out of Leicester is easier said than done and, after turning down two offers, they may have to look at alternative options.

According to Jones, one of the Newcastle players he’s a fan of is Ross Barkley and if they don’t get Madison they can go to the Chelsea man.

What was said?

Jones has spoken of Newcastle’s interest in Barkley.

“Exactly, we’ve seen them go to Maddison, they’re looking for a creator and someone who can do something special. If they don’t get Maddison, they like Ross Barkley so they might pick someone like him if all that fails,” Jones said.

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With all due respect to Ross Barkley, targeting the Chelsea player after losing to Madison would be a huge downgrade for Newcastle.

Madison was on fire last season. He scored 12 goals in the Premier League and was arguably one of the best midfielders in the league last season.

Meanwhile, Barkley barely had a game with Chelsea, and when he played he didn’t make much of an impact.

Of course, as a player who has 33 caps for England, Barkley has plenty of talent, but it’s fair to say Madison is only a few levels ahead of him at the moment.

Newcastle need to have their target a little higher than Barkley if they don’t get Madison.

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