Rio Ferdinand believes Newcastle’s new owners should break the bank to sign a trio of top Premier League stars.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund finally secured their £305million takeover of the club last week. That leaves the Magpies with the wealthiest owners in world football and they are expected to invest heavily in their playing squad over the coming years.
And former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand believes the Tyneside outfit should set their sights high to make a statement.
The BT Sport pundit told his YouTube show Vibe with Five that Newcastle should move for Manchester United star Jesse Lingard, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.
Ferdinand said: “I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable.
“I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, “What’s going on?”
“Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.
“It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.
Realistic blend of targets
“[Kylian Mbappe] is just dreamland, but there’s people that would be on the periphery of the Man United squad, the Chelsea squad, the City squad. I’d be looking at players like that, I’d be all over those types of players.
“And then I’d be wanting to unearth some young talents probably from around the world that you think would be able to mix and blend in to that.”
He added: “Do you know who I’d go out and get now as well? I’d be going mad for young, English talent. The best young, English talent.
“Max Aarons, the right-back at Norwich, Under-21 player. Conor Gallagher, straight in there. Get him in there. They’re two names, straight away, young kids who I’d say they’re coming into Newcastle. I want young, English talent. Newcastle are an English club, I’d want a young core of English players.”