Newcastle United are ready to abandon their more cautious approach in the transfer market as they eye up as many as four big money additions this summer.
The Magpies have undergone a massive transformation under Eddie Howe since the arrival of the new owners in November 2021, owners that made them the richest club in world football.
Now battling for a Champions League spot, they have spent relatively cautiously, with Alexander Isak their only marquee signing when he arrived for in excess of £60m in the summer.
This year, however, they are ready to abandon that, and are eyeing up moves for several Premier League stars. The Tyneside outfit are ready to continue pushing for a move for James Maddison, who they saw two bids turned down for last summer and who could well end the season consigned to the Championship with Leicester City.
The Telegraph predict that Newcastle could be one of the biggest spenders in Europe this summer, ‘with the club targeting at least four “elite players’’'.
Beyond Maddison, England teammates Ivan Toney and Declan Rice are both on their wishlist too, though they may face competition from fellow Premier League clubs for both and it is unclear whether Toney would welcome a return to St James’ Park.
Also on their radar are Kieran Tierney, Moises Caicedo, Harvey Barnes, Jarrod Bowen, Kalvin Phillips and Scott McTominay, along with players across Europe such as soon to be free agent Marcus Thuram and young prodigy Gabri Veiga, who will be available for 40m euros this summer.
‘A right-sided centre-back, left-back, two midfield players and a forward are among the positions chief scout Steve Nickson has been asked to draw up short lists for before the end of this campaign’, the Telegraph add.
Currently 4th, Newcastle are three points clear of Tottenham with a game in hand on the Lilywhites, but will need to finish the season strongly to ensure that the dream does not fall at the final hurdle, which would in turn have major implications on their spending.