After starting just one game for Barcelona this season, Newcastle are planning a January transfer swoop for Clement Lenglet.

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After starting just one game for Barcelona this season, Newcastle are planning a January transfer swoop for Clement Lenglet.

NEWCASTLE are apparently interested in signing Barcelona’s out-of-favour defender Clement Lenglet in January.

After being the subject of a high-profile £300 million buyout by a Saudi-led group, the Magpies have cash to spend.

Despite the fact that manager Steve Bruce is on the verge of being fired, the club is putting together a shortlist of potential additions for the forthcoming transfer windows.

The Toon are interested in bringing France international Lenglet, 26, to St James’ Park in the New Year, according to Sport.

This season, Lenglet has slipped down the pecking order at the Nou Camp, having started just one of Barca’s first eight LaLiga games.

To join Gerard Pique at the back, Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo have been selected over the ex-Sevilla ace.

Newcastle have already inquired about his availability, according to the Spanish news site, as they aim to buy a left-footed central defender.

And Lenglet is considered as an appealing alternative because he would improve Newcastle’s defense while still being able to be sold cheaply due to Barcelona’s financial woes.

Newcastle are also thought to be only willing to commit a small amount in January before going all out next summer. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS

In July, Everton and West Ham were connected with a loan deal for Lenglet, but Newcastle is now seen to be the frontrunner.

Newcastle are rumored to be interested in a number of Barcelona players, including Lenglet.

Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool midfielder, is said to be a target in the winter transfer window.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand, a Manchester United veteran, has pushed Newcastle to sign Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling, and Declan Rice.

“I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like major, that I think would be gettable,” he added on his FIVE YouTube channel.

“People like Raheem Sterling would be on my radar.” I’d go ask Raheem Sterling the question if he wasn’t playing regularly. ‘What’s going on,’ I’d go ask Declan Rice.

“They’d be the top two on my list, and I’d go to any length to obtain them.” Then I’d aim to get players like Jesse Lingard, who is currently a member of Man United’s squad.’ ” Until you raise the question, it’s implausible. I’d go out there and collect replies from these types of players, then work my way down the list.”

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