Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Antonio Barreca from Ligue 1 side Monaco on a loan deal for the rest of the season.
There is an option included in the loan agreement to make it a permanent transfer for a fee believed to be around
Newcastle United are pleased to confirm that defender Antonio Barreca has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy, from @AS_Monaco.— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019
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In quotes on the club's website, manager Rafa Benitez said:
#NUFC— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) January 31, 2019
“It’s amazing what thousands of supporters threatening to cancel their season tickets and a manager threatening to quit can do to a club in a relegation battle.
Suddenly, Newcastle are willing to spend the money they had been hoarding in the last three transfer windows” https://t.co/xHv9DbJ9MG
It's unclear how much playing time the youngster will get in Newcastle's push to avoid relegation, but his arrival will help beef up a dangerously thin squad that is currently dealing with the injury bug.