Newcastle owners told to go and land two classy, former Premier League stars

Newcastle United’s new owners should push to sign ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Unsurprisingly the Magpies have been linked with dozens of players ever since they were taken over last week.

Under new Saudi ownership, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), Newcastle are looking to make a change imminently to replace Steve Bruce. They also have their sights on a new sporting director, while four Man Utd players are said to be on their radar.

Now though former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor thinks Newcastle should get in some proven Premier League performers.

Both Ramsey, 30, and Coutinho, 29, are struggling at their respective clubs.

Midfielder Ramsey has played just over 100 minutes so far this season, while Brazilian Coutinho has made just three LaLiga starts this term.

Transfers for both players were mooted in the summer. And it’s likely the pair will be available again in the January window.

“I’d go and get [Aaron] Ramsey or someone like that,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “He’s still a good player and it isn’t working for him at Juventus at the moment.


“I’d target those kind of players where you don’t have to pay them silly money. I’d take [Phillipe] Coutinho too. We were talking about the Manchester City takeover and they had Robinho come in.

“Coutinho’s not really playing his football properly at Barcelona. And Barcelona will take anything – they still owe Liverpool for him, don’t they?

“Barcelona could say: ‘You cancel that Liverpool debt, and you can have him!’”

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Ramsey situation ‘chaos’

Ramsey last week admitted to feeling “frustrated” and appeared to criticise Juve boss Max Allegri, whilst on international duty with Wales.

“The training philosophy and methods are different in my club from here,” said Ramsey.

“There are a lot of people here who have a number of years of managing me. So they know how to get the best out of me and allow me to play a lot of games in a row, like I showed in the Euros.

“I’m capable of doing that and producing good performances. I’m feeling good, ready to go.”

 Italian outlet Calciomercato recently described the situation between Ramsey and Juventus as “chaos”.

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