Portsmouth are keen on taking Newcastle academy graduate Dan Barlaser to the South coast next season, according to reports.

Pompey manager Kenny Jackett is on the hunt for midfield reinforcements, and sees Barlaser as the man to fill the void, reports the Portsmouth News.

Barlaser was one of a number of young Newcastle players to be given an extended deal at the club earlier today, paving the way for a season-long loan again next season.

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Portsmouth could be an ideal destination for the 22-year-old, where he can learn a lot under the guidance of the experienced Jackett.

Barlaser had a successful season on loan in League One

Barlaser had a successful season-long loan at fellow League One side, Accrington Stanley, last term, and the chance to further his development at Fratton Park may appeal to Newcastle’s Loann Arranger, once the vacancy has been filled.

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He played 45 games for Accrington during his spell there, scoring three times and managing two assists.

But there is strong competition for the Newcastle prospect, with Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Preston North End said to be interested.

It remains to be seen if Newcastle want the player to continue in the third tier, or whether they think he is ready for the step up to the Championship.

Certainly, Barlaser is one of the players who will benefit from the revamp of the youth system at St James’ Park, and now that he has commited his long-term future to the club, the race for his temporary switch next season will start to heat up.

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