Newcastle United step up striker search as talks begin

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There's bound to be a strange atmosphere at St James' Park right now.

Following the end of the season it was hoped that Newcastle United would get sign-off from the Premier League over Amanda Staveley and the Saudi-backed consortiums' takeover.

An agreed £300million deal would have seen PIF become the majority shareholders, and as a result would have made the Magpies the richest club in the Premier League.

However with the authorities taking over 17 weeks to ratify the decision, the buying party decided that enough was enough and withdrew their bid to purchase the club - much to the dismay of supporters.

The dust is still settling from that heartbreaking piece of news, but as we know the world doesn't stop turning in such moments.

In just over five weeks' time the new season will get underway, and that means that Newcastle must be ready.

Finances are bound to be restricted with the ongoing global pandemic, combined with the takeover uncertainty giving the Magpies the perfect excuse to not spend big.

That said, they'll need to invest if they're to avoid getting dragged into a relegation dogfight.

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With several players already linked it appears that Lee Charnley is stepping up his efforts to sign players with a double deal seemingly a priority.

Reports from the Northern Echo have claimed that Newcastle have opened talks over a double swoop for Josh King and Callum Wilson.

The Bournemouth duo are expected to leave the Vitality Stadium following the club's relegation to the Championship.

With both players attracting significant interest, the pair are unlikely to come cheap - something that could prove to be a stumbling block for the Magpies.

The report claims that while Newcastle should be able to meet the asking price for both players, they could struggle to compete when it comes to wages.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be a sensation double deal if Newcastle United could pull it off.

Josh King and Callum Wilson are more than capable of being a real threat at Premier League level - after all, we've seen both players score plenty of goals for Bournemouth over the last couple of years.

The main stumbling block is how much competition there's likely to be.

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Both players seem to be attracting a lot of interest from the Premier League and around Europe, which means it could be tough for Steve Bruce's side to convince them to join.

In reality, a deal for both players is hugely unlikely, with Newcastle unlikely to secure two players on such advanced terms.

It seems that Callum Wilson could be the more realistic of the two options, but once again this depends on what interest surfaces from elsewhere.

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