Newcastle youngster Dan Barlaser is in demand, with both Wigan and Preston reportedly keen to secure a loan deal for the midfielder.

Following Sean Longstaff’s emergence last season, Newcastle will hope to emulate his success with more of their academy graduates.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Wigan are poised to make an approach imminently, while Preston ponder their options.

After last season’s successful loan at Accrington, Rafa Benitez will be keen for Barlaser to test himself at the next level.

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He scored three goals in 48 appearances for the Lancashire club, helping them secure a respectable mid-table finish in League One.

With just two Newcastle appearances in 2017, a spell in the Championship could convince Rafa he has a future on Tyneside.

Barlaser’s next move is vital to his career development

At 22-years-old, Barlaser is at a crucial stage of his career. His next move is pivotal, and Wigan – a club with moderate expectation levels – could be the ideal destination for him.

Minimal pressure will help him focus solely on his game, while playing against quality opposition at big grounds.

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Wigan manager Paul Cook, himself a former midfielder, will help Barlaser develop his game. And getting valuable minutes on the pitch in the second tier can only benefit all parties.

Seeing players come through from youth level at St James’ Park is an area both Rafa and Mike Ashley agree on. It is also why the manager hopes to convince the club to improve their facilities.

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