The 27-year-old spent last campaign on loan with Aston Villa where the Englishman featured 27 times for Neil Smith’s side.
While bookies have placed Steve Bruce’s side in the hunt to secure Barkley, a number of other sides seem to be ahead of the Magpies in the queue including the likes of former club Everton, Serie A giants Inter Milan and West Ham United, managed by ex-Toffees boss David Moyes.
Ross has struggled for regular playing time at Stamford Bridge since joining them back in 2018 for a fee of around £12 million and was sent out to the Villa on loan last term.
Barkley has 33 England caps to his name and has netted six goals for the Three Lions.
The Magpies are short of roster depth heading into the Premier League campaign with their head coach placing a particular emphasis on the midfield zone.
Southampton‘s Mario Lemina looked set to sign for them at St James’ Park but it now looks like he is on his way to France to link up view the Ligue 1 side Nice.
The 29-year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey still remains out of action because of a calf problem.
Ross could become a solution to the Newcastle chief’s problems and his potential availability could turn the heads of the club’s recruitment staff.
In other news, Chelsea have allegedly held talks with the entourage of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski over a possible deal to bring the forward to the club this summer.
The west Londoners have previously been linked to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, but with Die Borussen reportedly unwilling to sell the Norwegian this summer, Thomas Tuchel is understood to have turned his attention elsewhere.
The Chelsea boss will reportedly keep his focus in Germany though, reportedly placing the Poland international as his top priority, after the world-class centre-forward lifted his ninth Bundesliga trophy at the end of last campaign.
According to Daily Mail, the club have held talks with Robert’s agent regarding a move for the 32-year-old star this summer, after the player broke the Bundesliga goals record last term with 41 goals in 29 games to surpass Gerd Muller’s 40.