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Newcastle blow transfer budget away with ‘aggressive’ approach to lead to four ‘elite’ signings

Newcastle United are ready to accelerate plans to upgrade their squad if they qualify for European football, with four top-quality signings on the agenda, a report has revealed.

Thanks to their Saudi-backed ownership, Newcastle have the funds to compete for world-class players. Their challenge since the takeover has been to appeal as a destination to that kind of player, rather than just being able to afford them.

The progress they have made this season has certainly helped in that regard. Eddie Howe has got Newcastle on course to qualify for European football next season, potentially even arriving in the Champions League.

With that in mind, Newcastle are ready to step up their transfer plans by becoming “more aggressive” in the summer window than they originally planned.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, which has revealed that the club initially set a budget of just £20million for the next transfer window, which they would top up as appropriate depending on any player sales.

Now, Howe and director of football Dan Ashworth have successfully persuaded the club to spend more heavily in the summer, striking while the iron is hot. Then, they can address Financial Fair Play concerns in the long term and by new sponsorships and potential Champions League income.

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Subsequently, Howe is ideally hoping to add an attacker, two midfielders, a left-back and a right-footed centre-half. There is a belief that there will be room to accommodate four “elite” signings, which is the type of target the manager has openly been aiming for.

As things stand, Newcastle only have a long list of targets to work from.

Players on Newcastle long list revealed

The attacking players on their radar include Ivan Toney, Victor Osimhen, Marcus Thuram, Jarrod Bowen, Kaoru Mitoma, Harvey Barnes, Moussa Diaby and Khvicha Kvarateskhelia.

Toney previously played for Newcastle without making much of an impact, but has since proven himself in the Premier League with Brentford. Mitoma is another player with a faint Newcastle connection, since Ashworth signed him for Brighton.

Among the midfielders they admire are James Maddison, Moises Caicedo, Conor Gallagher, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Scott McTominay and Gabri Veiga.

However, reports that they have already won the race to sign Rice from West Ham have been played down.

The only defensive option mentioned in the report is Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney, although it is stressed that Newcastle have not yet firmed up any decisions about which players are primary targets. Indeed, they are keeping their options open at this stage.

Newcastle do not want to focus exclusively on either players with Premier League experience or those arriving from abroad. Instead, they will be targeting a blend of both, just like they did last summer when welcoming Alexander Isak, Sven Botman and Nick Pope.

Perhaps just as importantly, the Telegraph says Newcastle will not sell current stars Isak, Botman or Bruno Guimaraes this year, despite potentially needing to balance the books.

TEAMtalk understands, though, that Newcastle will listen to offers for long-time favourite Allan Saint-Maximin.

An interesting summer awaits at St. James’ Park after some steady growth for the club in recent years.