Newcastle eye 'dream signings' including Kane and 226-goal superstar - Exclusive

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a target for Newcastle United

Newcastle United will attempt to give the team a new spine if they win their fight for survival – with Harry Kane, Dean Henderson and John Stones all viewed as dream signings.

A strategy is being devised behind the scenes on how they attack the summer transfer window and recent form has given everyone inside the club increased hope of being able to pursue names at top clubs.

Newcastle believe they should raise the bar as high as possible in terms of potential signings in an attempt to sell their dream of breaking into the elite – and hope the early signs from Eddie Howe’s reign will help with the vision.

Tottenham and England captain Kane seems an unlikely signing at surface level yet it is understood that some figures at Newcastle believe they have nothing to lose by at least trying to get him.

It goes without saying a list of options will be drawn up outside of Kane, and Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin would fit the bill as another top English forward. They will assess the situation at the end of the season when scenarios around both players become more clear.

Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich is also on the radar to bring top-level experience. He’s scored 226 goals for the German giants, and is on course for an eleventh Bundesliga title this season.

In goal Manchester United’s Henderson, 24, is being eyed as someone to target, in hope he is now ready for a new challenge in his career as David De Gea continues to block his path to first team opportunities.

And in defence – where they have also targeted Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski – recruitment staff are hoping they may be able to negotiate with Manchester City over Stones.

Combined, those five England internationals boast 136 caps between them, with Stones, Calvert-Lewin and Kane all making Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 final-reaching squad last summer.

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It has been well documented that the club also hope to try again for Lille’s Sven Botman, but another prime target is Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly.

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger is set to become available as a free agent. While he is undoubtedly admired, there is a realism about the fact he has big offers on the table from Champions League clubs already.

The outlook for the summer and beyond is going to be a different proposition from their January window, when Newcastle targeted attainable players, albeit largely with Premier League experience.

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Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Dan Burn and Matt Targett have played their part in the turnaround in results and are helping to ensure the danger of relegation is eased.

Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes, who was their biggest signing of the winter when he signed from Lyon, did not fit that same British profile but is seen as a top star in the making and has been given time to find his feet in English football.

Newcastle will also open up to markets in other leagues this summer, with Ligue 1 viewed as the spot to pick up good value.

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