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Harvey Barnes has paid tribute to Geordies for helping him to feel at home at Newcastle United after snubbing interest from elsewhere to join the Magpies last summer.

Four Premier League sides wanted to sign Barnes, but the forward's heart was set on a move to Newcastle from the outset. As well as being attracted by the project, the passion of the fanbase and the chance to play in an attacking side, Barnes was impressed by the club's pitch when he travelled to Tyneside to complete his £38m switch from Leicester City.

ChronicleLive previously revealed that a comprehensive report was put together by the recruitment team for the board on Barnes and the club spoke to numerous figures who had worked with the 26-year-old. That exhaustive approach blew Barnes away.

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A foot injury ultimately disrupted Barnes' start to life at Newcastle, but the forward and his family have settled in the area and he is determined to come back stronger next season.

"The people are a big part," Barnes told LeoVegas. "Moving up here, I have my friends in football but away from that, you don't know loads of people up here.

"If you walk down the street or go to the park or go for a coffee, you just end up talking to people. They're so friendly up here and the dog's thanked us for coming up here for the beaches and he's got walks all over the place.

"You go the beach one day. The next day you've got a walk in the countryside. That part of it is so nice and is something, as a family, we love doing."

Barnes has not been the only player to say as much over the years. Even Mikel Merino, who only spent a season at Newcastle, told ChronicleLive that the 'city was really beautiful and the people there showed me a lot of love', which helped him to feel at 'home'. Others, such as Anthony Gordon, Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Alexander Isak and Kieran Trippier, have found that out for themselves.

To think Trevor Sinclair previously hissed that Newcastle is not 'an iconic city people want to live in' while Danny Murphy claimed 'most people would favour London than Newcastle' last summer - long before Chelsea closed in on the signing of Tosin Adarabioyo. However, Adarabioyo's decision will come down to more than just staying in the capital and Eddie Howe recently referenced the 'host of reasons that go into it' when speaking about transfers in general.

"We've fought pretty well for players," the Newcastle boss said. "When you're trying to sign top players, good players, you're always fighting other clubs. That's natural.

"Some deals we've done, some deals we've lost. That's the natural thing I've always gone through with transfers but since I've been here I've never experienced someone not wanting to come here because of the area where the club is situated.

"It's trying to sell the complete package to players because the football for me has to be the most important thing. If a player is thinking about other things, maybe they're not the right fit for us. It's about what we can offer them on the football pitch, how we can develop their careers, so there's a host of reasons that go into it."