According to The Chronicle, Newcastle have agreed to sell Dan Barlaser to Rotherham.
The deal is subject to a medical, and the Magpies have ensured that a huge 50% sell-on clause has been included, entitling us to a share of the profits if the 23-year-old moves on again.
The Chronicle also add that Steve Bruce was reluctant to sell Barlaser and has made the decision with a heavy heart, but it was internally agreed that a loan deal would not suit the player soon to turn 24.
In fact, Bruce couldn’t even guarantee the midfielder a squad number for this campaign.
The Magpies man impressed while on loan with the Championship outfit last season, helping them earn promotion from League One. In 35 appearances, he scored two goals and set up five more.
His displays were so eye-catching that Rotherham’s captain Richard Wood described Barlaser’s impact as ‘unbelievable’.
The Yorkshire Post quote Wood as saying: ‘He has been unbelievable. Since he came here, he has grown as a person and a player and been excellent.’
Our No.32 has made two appearances for us this term, both coming in the Carabao Cup.
However, with Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and the Longstaff brothers ahead of him in the pecking order, it was always going to be a difficult campaign for the midfielder.
He is no longer a youth prospect anymore at 23. A permanent exit is definitely the best thing for him, even if Bruce was reluctant to do so.