All eyes will be on Newcastle United in the January transfer window as the Magpies look set to splash their new-found cash.
A Saudi-backed consortium completed a £305million takeover of the club last week, ending 14 years of under-investment from previous owner Mike Ashley.
Newcastle have long been spoken about as a sleeping giant and the Magpies now have the funds to blow any competitor out of the water, with ambitious owners that have deep pockets.
However, while the long-term ambition will be winning major silverware, the reality is that Newcastle remain in the relegation zone and targets will need convincing to move to the north-east with the club in their current predicament.
Manchester City may dominate English football now but Pep Guardiola’s side had to transition towards being a top club, first by making middle-tier signings before graduating to A-list ones.
With that in mind, here’s five players Newcastle could realistically sign in January to take them to the next level.
Despite interest from West Ham this summer, Jesse Lingard opted to stay at Manchester United to fight for his future.
The England international enjoyed a fantastic loan stint in east London but the Hammers were unwilling to meet the Red Devils’ £30m asking price for Lingard.
Despite limited opportunities, Lingard has made a good start to the season, scoring twice as a substitute in games against West Ham and Newcastle.
If he continues to play second fiddle to the likes of Bruno Fernandes until the New Year, however, then Lingard may seek pastures new.
While the Magpies could easily meet United’s £30m asking price from last summer, Lingard is likely to be available for lower than that as he’s yet to agree a new deal with his…
Source : metro