Amanda Staveley speaks to the media after confirmed Newcastle takeover
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James Tarkowski and Jesse Lingard have been identified as two stars who could catalyse Newcastle United’s spending spree amid their £305m takeover. Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign at the helm of the Magpies came to a stunning end after a Saudi Arabian led consortium purchased the club from the British billionaire.
It’s a takeover which could have astounding ramifications not just on the Premier League, but on the entire footballing world.
The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund spearheading a new era at Newcastle are worth a collective £320billion, more than ten times more than Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
And with financial analysts understanding Steve Bruce’s side have the capacity to spend £200m over the next three years without penalisations from Financial Fair Play.
The Telegraph report Tarkowski and Lingard could be the first names to join the revolution at St James’ Park.
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It is believed the Burnley defender is very keen of becoming the defensive foundations of a new era at Newcastle.
The 28-year-old defender who has been at Turf Moor since 2016, has many admirers in the Premier League, but Newcastle are reportedly monitoring the England international’s progress.
He will be out of contract next summer, and it is also understood the defender has a gentleman’s agreement in place with Sean Dyche’s side allowing him to leave in January, if a suitable club and offer emerges.
While Burnley will surely look to exploit Newcastle’s new wealth and financial power, the Clarets’ negotiation foundations are flimsy, because he could leave the club for free next summer.
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Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Lingard has also been identified as another possible target.
Lingard has already rejected a new contract with United, despite initially agreeing to stay and fight for his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.
However, game time has been hard to come by for the experienced England international, meaning he has been reduced to impact appearances from the substitutes’ bench.
However, his outstanding performances on loan for West Ham United last season means there will likely be a plethora of clubs looking to sign him.
But Newcastle’s transformation means they could be in the strongest position to convince Lingard to join.
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He did reject the club last season when he opted to join the Hammers on loan last January at the expense of Bruce’s side.
But, it goes without saying, the club are a completely different and more attractive prospect than last season, and Lingard could have his head turned.
It is believed the Newcastle team are putting together a strategy for new Newcastle director Amanda Stavely.
A new central defender, full-back, central midfielder, winger, and a centre-forward are reportedly on the wish list of the new owners.
Despite the FFP-proof £190m war-chest which could be made available to the club in January, it is thought the new owners still want to be efficient.
A gradual building of the club is perhaps more likely than an instant, lavish spend, as the new owners have reportedly stressed they only want to spend what they have to.
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