Steve McManaman has warned Newcastle have to be careful with their new war chest, as agents will push players in the club’s direction that may not ‘turn up’.
Newcastle have been linked with a series of high profile footballers in Europe since their takeover. Though they must be careful what kind of players they end up with, according to McManaman.
Part-owner Amanda Staveley has already stressed that Newcastle will not splash a large portion of their cash in January, via Chronicle Live.
However, agents will likely be trying to get their players an easy paycheck. Newcastle should be wary of that, thinks McManaman.
“Newcastle just have to be very careful. Everybody in the world knows that,” he told HorseRacing.net.
“Every agent will be trying to push their players into Newcastle. Gareth Bale would be very interesting, of course he would, as he’s got a year left on his contract and he’s a super player.”
Despite his advertisement of Gareth Bale, McManaman listed three Real Madrid players the club should steer clear of.
“Eden Hazard is now on the wrong side of 30. And you have to be very careful with Isco and Luka Jovic,” he said.
“I don’t think Isco is a Premier League player, he just lacks that little bit of pace. Marquee signings to me are the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.”
While Isco has been linked with a number of Premier League teams, that is a deal that seems possible. Mbappe and Haaland, on the other hand, seem like fairytale signings that will never see the light of day.
Though the point is those are the kinds of players that would give their all, as they are young and have something to prove. On the other hand, McManaman has warned of players past their primes signing for money.
“You’ve got to be careful that you don’t pay older players lots of money and then they don’t turn up,” he said.
Newcastle target Real Madrid signing
Hazard is apparently on the Magpies’ shortlist of players they want to sign.
With the Belgian’s career not panning out successfully in Madrid, he may be afforded the opportunity to revive it in the Premier League.
Although, Newcastle face competition for Hazard, as Chelsea would seemingly be open to re-signing him.
As such, surely the Belgian would want to return the club he spent the most successful years of his career.