United bid for English starlet rejected

Newcastle United's bid for Derby County midfielder Giles Barnes has been rejected.

The player has been at the centre of intense speculation about his future with several clubs vying for his signature including Aston Villa and West Ham.

Derby boss Paul Jewell has stated that if a club come in with the right offer for Barnes then he can go but he won't be letting him go cheap. It was believed that Kevin Keegan bid only £2 million for the 19-year old.

I feel Barnes would relish a move to St James' and I do think that a deal will be done before midnight tomorrow. Barnes is a terrific talent and will inevitably be an England international and would be a good addition to an average Newcastle side.