Newcastle United are looking to sign a wide forward this summer, but Anthony Gordon’s presence at St James’ Park complicates matters.

The 22-year-old joined the Magpies from Everton in January, and ended the season in style with his first ever Toon goal.

It was a positive end to a difficult season for Gordon, who struggled to make his mark at St James’ Park following his big money transfer.

However, the club have high hopes for the Scouser, so much so that Eddie Howe is shelving his interest in Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes.

Why Newcastle are not going to move for Harvey Barnes

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle are not going to pursue a summer move for Barnes, who looks set to leave Leicester following their relegation from the Premier League.

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The Magpies are looking at signing multiple relegated players, but Barnes is seemingly not one of them. And the reason is Gordon.

The Daily Mail add that Newcastle expect Gordon to emerge as a key player next season. Therefore, the club do not need to sign someone like Barnes, who predominantly plays on the left of attack.

While Newcastle are looking for a wide forward, they want someone to operate on the right, providing competition for Miguel Almiron.

The Magpies have plenty of options on the left. Allan Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isak and Joelinton can all play out there, as well as Gordon.

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And the confidence in the latter’s ability is the reason why Newcastle are not going to try and sign Barnes. That is a sensible decision, as the 25-year-old ‘superstar‘ could prove to be a waste of money if the plan is for Gordon to play on the left.

Barnes is reportedly valued at £40million, but Newcastle will not be paying it. Instead, they intend to rely on Gordon, who cost £5million more in January.

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