Newcastle takeover complete
In case you have been under a rock, or avoiding football during the international break, Newcastle United’s long-awaited takeover by the the Saudi Public investment fund has finally been confirmed, making their new owners the wealthiest in the world.
An investment group led by the Public Investment Fund, and also comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, has completed the acquisition of 100% of Newcastle United Limited and Newcastle United Football Club Limited from St. James Holdings Limited.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 7, 2021
Amanda Staveley, spokesperson for the takeover, has already set out the targets for the club in the coming years in an interview, revealing that she wanted to see the club at the top of the Premier League, but stressing that it was a 10-15 year project and would not occur overnight.
Amanda Staveley, Chief Executive Officer of PCP Capital Partners.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 7, 2021
However, there will be movement in January.
The positions Newcastle are targeting revealed
Of course, Newcastle United currently languish in 19th place, having failed to win a game in their opening 7 clashes of the season. While speculation surrounding the future of manager Steve Bruce continues to circulate, they clearly need additions in January too if they are going to avoid a rather humiliating relegation given the takeover.
As already reported, one of their primary targets this January is Burnley defender James Tarkowski, who will have six months left on his contract at Turf Moor come the transfer window.
Exclusive: James Tarkowski expected to become one of Newcastle United’s new owners’ first signings | @LukeEdwardsTele https://t.co/sdtSHDr6t1
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 9, 2021
However, this is by no means the only work Newcastle plan on doing at the beginning of 2022, with the Telegraph also reporting that:
The club will also look to sign at least one full-back, a central-midfield player, a winger and a centre forward but there is no limit at this stage on the number of signings they can make.
Should they complete the signings of Premier League experienced players with similar calibre to Tarkowski in each of these positions, in addition to the likes of Joe Willock and Alan Saint-Maximin, they should comfortably survive.
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|9||West Ham United||7||4||11|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||6|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||4|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||4|
|Sarr, Ismaila||Watford FC||4|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||3|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||3|
|Lukaku, Romelu||Chelsea FC||3|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||3|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||3|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||3|
|Greenwood, Mason||Manchester United||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||2|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||2|
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|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||4|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||0||3|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||3|
|Brownhill, Josh||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Etebo, Oghenekaro||Watford FC||0||3|
|Djenepo, Moussa||Southampton FC||0||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||2|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||2|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||0||2|
|Alonso, Marcos||Chelsea FC||0||2|
|Ward Prowse, James||Southampton FC||1||1|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||4|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||3|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle United||3|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||3|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||2|
|Jimenez, Raul||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||2|
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|Gross, Pascal||Brighton & Hove Albion||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Pereira, Ricardo||Leicester City||2|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||2|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||2|