Some Newcastle fans have been reacting to a report that has claimed Steve Bruce wanted to sign Ross Barkley last summer.

The Chronicle say the Magpies boss was hopeful of landing the attacking midfielder from Chelsea, but was blocked in the end after landing targets Jamal Lewis, Mark Gillespie, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson.

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Barkley was on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, and Frank Lampard ultimately permitted him a loan move to Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old made a vibrant start to life at Villa Park, combining well with the likes of Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins, but injury has restricted him to just nine appearances so far.

He’s expected back soon having recently returned to training.

Meanwhile at Newcastle, creativity and the scoring of goals has been a big problem once again this season.

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The Magpies have scored just 18 goals in their 17 games so far, with Wilson contributing eight of those.

Barkley, who has accrued 33 caps with England, is a player who has the potential to make things happen when he takes up positions between the lines, and he certainly would have been nice to have.

On social media, some fans took a fairly cynical view of the report:

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