Newcastle United are ready to flex their newfound financial muscles by targeting a former Chelsea superstar in January, according to reports.
After being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, Newcastle now have money to spend in January. They will need to use it wisely if they are to climb out of the relegation zone. Given their position, they will have to be persuasive when tempting potential targets.
But the promise of long-term success could be enticing for several stars looking to rebuild their careers. It will be interesting to see the level ambition Newcastle are able to show in the New Year.
One high-profile player they have shortlisted, according to OK Diario journalist Eduardo Inda, is Eden Hazard.
Speaking on El Chiringuito, Inda revealed that Newcastle would be willing to make a statement signing of the former Chelsea winger.
Hazard left Chelsea in 2019 after winning six trophies, making a long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid. Sadly, his career has been on the decline since.
Injuries have plagued him in the Spanish capital and he has only scored five goals in 51 appearances for Real. Now, it seems he will have to leave to revive his career.
It was recently revealed that all parties would be open to a reunion at Chelsea, if the conditions were right. The Blues would be able to take him back for a much smaller transfer fee than they sold him for.
But Hazard would run the risk of ruining his Chelsea reputation if he was unable to rediscover the standards he set there before.
Nevertheless, a Premier League return remains on the cards. Although, he may end up in the north east rather than the capital.
Newcastle to make statement Eden Hazard signing?
According to Inda, Real Madrid have made it a priority task to get rid of Hazard. Newcastle are therefore ready to make a move in January.
It is not clear whether Hazard would be taking a wage cut. But Newcastle would be able to accommodate him either way if they think a move would be worthwhile.
Bringing a familiar face with a point to prove back to the Premier League could be an emblematic first step for the new ownership group at the earliest opportunity in January.
It would be quite the change of scenery for Hazard, but as he approaches his 31st birthday, he must weigh up how not to waste the final years of what has been an overall positive career.
There are several areas of the Newcastle squad that need strengthening and the winger role may not necessarily be their first priority. But Hazard would be a statement signing and would undoubtedly be an asset.
There are no details on how much a transfer might cost or what Hazard’s feelings on Newcastle as a destination would be.