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Newcastle United takeover: Potential Transfer Targets For 'The Magpies'

Amid the recent Saudi-led takeover at Newcastle United, fans rejoice as a new era at St. James Park raises hopes of a brighter future.

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The sale of Newcastle United has reached a done deal at £305 million, and of course, transfer targets are already leading the forefront of the rumour mill. Newcastle's January transfer budget has been rumoured at a humble £50 million, as it's believed the club aren't looking "to go crazy" in their first transfer market in charge. However, as 'The Magpies' continue to struggle for Premier League points, we shouldn't be surprised if they utilize the £200 million budget, which falls under Financial Fair Play rules.

And with that said, let's delve into the conceivable superstars that could be stunting black and white as Newcastle become the richest club in the world.

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Goodbye Steve Bruce

As no surprise to anyone, the wealthiest club in world football isn't going to settle for Steve Bruce in the dugout, as Newcastle United are expected to overhaul their staff positions from top to bottom. In contrast, player signings aren't permitted until the January transfer window; it's highly likely that 'The Magpies' will appoint a new manager in the coming days or weeks.

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Frank Lampard is one of the contenders to replace Steve Bruce as manager. Image - Sports Nova

Five names are currently leading the race; these names include former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Eddie Howe, and Lucien Favre.

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Apparently, Frank Lampard is taking charge to top said list, though this choice doesn't sit well with some Newcastle officials. Lampard is receiving a push by some, while others are wary of appointing a manager who failed miserably at Stamford Bridge.

Fox Bet, a top online sportsbook, shows Paulo Fonseca and Frank Lampard leading the odds in Newcastle's next permanent manager.

After his departure from Inter Milan, Serie A 2020/2021 title winner Antonio Conte would undoubtedly thrive at Newcastle United. However, it's believed that Manchester United could fire Ole Gunnar and appoint the Italian's services.

Repairing The Defence

After eight Premier League fixtures, Newcastle has collected a mere three points and are still searching for their first win of the season. Defensive issues have been a massive factor in 'The Magpies' early-season struggles, and it would make sense for them to improve this position first.

Burnley's James Tarkowski is amidst the names being highlighted that could assist Newcastle's defensive fragility. The defender's contract expires in the summer, and there have been no signs of him signing a new one. To avoid the risk of losing him via free transfer, Burnley could be forced to sell the 28-year-old and 'The Magpies' are the ideal candidates to swoop in.

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Lingard Left Lingering

Jesse Lingard struggles to find a stable position in midfield at Old Trafford. With the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Greenwood competing for positions, it could remain that way.

Following an impressive spell on loan at West Ham last season, Lingard returned to Manchester United for the 2021/22 season and hasn't been able to find regular first-team football.

The World Cup in Qatar begins next year, and Lingard himself has admitted that he needs a first-team position to stand a chance at securing a position in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Goals, Goals, Goals – Newcastle Need a Shining Star

Undoubtedly, Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin and striker Callum Wilson have the potential to shine in front of the goal with more significant support from a deeper talented squad. However, owning the new title of 'the world's richest club' will hire the services of a superstar goalscorer for Newcastle sooner or later.

In-step Dusan Vlahovic, the Fiorentina striker who's scored six goals in eight games this term, following a twenty-one-goal season last year.

Vlahovic has a deal that expires with Fiorentina in 2023, and he's recently turned down a new contract for the Serie A side.

Newcastle's interest in signing Vlahovic comes in unison with Tottenham Hotspur's interest to sign him. The 21-year-old was linked with Spurs as a replacement for Harry Kane this past summer. Although Kane isn't going anywhere, Tottenham remains interested in bringing the Serbian striker to North London.

Vlahovic has a promising future, and with the Newcastle takeover, can this essence assist 'The Magpies' in defeating a traditional 'top six' club to a huge signing – only time will tell. 

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