Newcastle United are set for a busy summer transfer window.
Since the controversial £300 million takeover of the club by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, many a pint has been sunk in Newcastle as fans discuss who the club should spend its new-found fortune on.
Plenty of Magpies were expecting the club to break the bank in January but the owners instead opted to be more selective with their transfers, which in fairness, has paid dividends on the pitch ever since.
Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Matt Target and Dan Burn were all brought in for a total of £90 million – and ever since, Newcastle have rocketed up the league going from 19th to 12th.
It really has been an impressive last half of the campaign, however, there can be no denying that there is still a big quality gap to bridge in order to reach the coveted European spots.
So, how can they address that problem? Well, taking a look at some of the players we’ve suggested below and contacting their agents would be a decent start.
Straight in there with an enormous name! But hear us out because this is realistic.
Bale is set to leave Real Madrid when his contract expires on July 1. His agent has said that he wants to find another club that will provide him with regular game time ahead of the World Cup in December (presuming Wales qualify).
Now, his wages prove a sticking point for most clubs but Newcastle could easily muster the funds. The transfer wouldn’t come without its risks given the Welshman’s injury problems, however, we feel it’s a risk worth taking for such a quality player.
We’ve considered Wales’ number one star, so why not move onto his deputy?
Ramsey is currently on loan at Glasgow Rangers until the end of the season as he seeks more first team football. His time at Juventus probably didn’t turn out as well as he’d have liked and given the Italian giants are still paying the majority of his wage in Scotland, they would certainly be open to a deal.
Again, he’s another who comes with a fair portion of risk but for the right price Ramsey could prove an exquisite acquisition to their squad.
Rumour has it that Steven Gerrard is keen to lure Gomez to Aston Villa this summer, so the Magpies would need to move fast if they want to make this happen – and that’s even if Liverpool would be open to the sale.
The promising English defender has struggled for game time at Anfield and given the calibre of player above him in the pecking order, he isn’t likely to be around the first-team anytime soon.
A move might be necessary for the 24-year-old and Newcastle could prove the beneficiaries.
Portsmouth’s answer to David Beckham – JWP has enjoyed a belter of a season for Southampton and has really elevated his game to the next level.
Beyond the obvious benefit of having a deadly set-piece taker in the ranks, Ward-Prowse would add a sense of reliability to an often inconsistent midfield.
It might take a rather chunky transfer fee to pry him away from Southampton’s grasp, though.
This would a proper statement signing. We’ve heard that Chelsea and Man Utd are both keen on the Uruguayan hitman, and for good reason.
Nunez has banged no less than 26 goals in 28 appearances in the Liga Portugal. He looked a menacing force when he scored against Liverpool in the Champions League and all factors are suggesting he is a serious talent.
A couple of years ago, Henderson was being touted as England’s next great number one. However, like so many other Man Utd signings, life hasn’t gone well for him at Old Trafford.
David de Gea has put up a strong showing in the league and it seems a move away would prove the perfect opportunity for the young stopper to get his career back on track.
Current number one, Martin Dubravka, has been been plagued by injuries as well, so it’s time to do the sensible thing.
This would also be an incredibly sensible deal. Coady often goes under the radar but the Wolves captain is a top, top centre-half and if Gareth Southgate has any sense he will be on the plane to the World Cup come December.
True, he might not be bonified top four material, however, he would be a serious upgrade on what the Magpies have currently.
Not to mention his leadership qualities would be invaluable as Newcastle make their way up the division.
Okay, this is a curve ball. Suarez is 35, so he’s no spring chicken.
The iconic forward has waved goodbye to Atletico and is looking for a new club for next season. If the wages aren’t too outrageous, we can’t see many downsides to offering the man a 12-month contract.
He’s a born winner, one of the best strikers of his generation. Even used sparingly, Suarez would prove a real asset to Newcastle.
Should they not opt for Nunez or Suarez, maybe this South American could do the trick?
It’s widely expected that Jesus is to abandon Man City this summer in search of more first team action. Currently, Arsenal are the front-runners, but could Newcastle hijack the deal by offering him a ludicrously enticing contract? It wouldn’t be totally of the question.
The Brazilian has been in fine form recently as well, so they could be picking up a 20+ goal a season man.
This too, would take an awfully lucrative salary offer. Why else would Bowen want to leave high-flying West Ham?
Should he decide to do so, though, he could pioneer Newcastle’s charge to Europe and become a fan favourite on route. No Englishman besides Harry Kane has more goal contributions than Bowen in 2021/2022 and we could imagine him dovetailing beautifully with the exuberant Allan Saint-Maximin.
Get them signed up.
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