Guest Geordiesned Posted April 29, 2007 Share Posted April 29, 2007 Link United in for Barnes Apr 29 2007 By Neil Farrington, The Sunday Sun Newcastle are backing Sunderland to beat Derby County in the race for the Premiership - so they can land Rams' starlet Giles Barnes. Teenager Barnes will leave Pride Park for the top flight if Derby do not go up automatically or from the play-offs. And in that event, a source inside the Derby dressing room has told the Sunday Sun that Barnes is expecting to move to St James's Park. United are already confident, as we revealed in early March, of landing Reading's Steve Sidwell on a free transfer. But the signing of 18-year-old Barnes would command a significant slice of the Magpies' transfer budget, and represent an even bigger coup. Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has admitted his interest in Barnes, but Spurs had been thought to be the player's likely destination. United are on the trail of Nancy defender Pape Diakhate, while Spanish sources are linking them with Real Madrid's Lilian Thuram, although a move for the French veteran would go against Roeder's youth-oriented recruitment drive. Diakhate, the highly-rated Senegal international, has been told he can leave Nancy for a bigger club at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Michael Owen will train with the United squad this morning before deciding whether he is fit to make his long-awaited comeback at Reading tomorrow night. Why the hell would a "source inside the Derby dressing room" be telling the Sunday Sun anything?? Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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