Positive talks held: Chelsea outcast could be heading to Newcastle United in permanent move

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Chelsea and Newcastle United are in talks over the permanent transfer of midfielder Ross Barkley, according to Simon Phillips.

Barkley has failed to deliver on the promise his showed as a youngster at Everton, largely due to continual struggles with injury.

After a strong start to his Aston Villa loan last campaign, the 27-year-old lost his battle with fitness and subsequently his place in Dean Smith’s starting XI.

While he doesn’t appear to have a future at Stamford Bridge, Barkley looks set to be provided with the chance to continue competing in the Premier League.

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Ross Barkley could be set to leave Chelsea for Newcastle United

According to journalist Simon Phillips, Chelsea and Newcastle have held positive talks over a permanent move for Barkley to St. James’ Park.

That’d be a good opportunity for Barkley to prove he can still cut it at this level.

Newcastle fans could be forgiven for being anxious that a move for Barkley means they won’t be getting Joe Willock re-signed this summer.

Willock was instrumental for Steve Bruce’s men in the second half of last season. Time will tell whether they’ll be successful in getting both.

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