There is a £7m obstacle to overcome, if Newcastle United are going to bring in Modou Barrow this month.

Sky Sports report that their information is that Swansea City are insisting on a permanent deal and won’t consider loaning the winger out.

The Welsh club are said to have put a £7m valuation on Barrow, although earlier reports claimed he had a £5m buyout clause – though there were also rumours that this clause might only relate to if the club were relegated, a bit like Andros Townsend when at Newcastle.

Little surprise that Swansea would want a guaranteed fee, as Paul Clement will want as much money available as possible in order to try and bring in his own last minute reinforcements.

Swansea did climb out of the relegation zone with that dramatic win at Liverpool last weekend but that fight against the drop looks certain to go to the wire, with Palace, Sunderland and Hull all deep in trouble and one or two others such as Middlesbrough may get dragged into it.

Whilst there have been ongoing claims that negotiations still continue with Crystal Palace as well, Sky Sports say that they understand that just like Swansea, they won’t consider letting Andros Townsend go either on a loan arrangement – Fat Sam also wanting to bring in funds to pay for targets he is looking to land in these final few days of the transfer window.

If Newcastle stick to their guns on loan deals only, maybe it is just a waiting game and if nobody else comes in to buy the likes of Townsend and/or Barrow, then deadline day deals could still happen on Tuesday if a loan fee from the Magpies is the best on offer.