Rio Ferdinand names three Premier League stars Newcastle should sign first after takeover

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Rio Ferdinand has told Newcastle United which three Premier League stars they should sign first following the club’s £305million Saudi-backed takeover. The Magpies are now one of the world’s richest football clubs after Mike Ashley sold the club last week, and are expected to spend big in the January transfer window.

Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League and are expected to wield their new-found wealth in a bid to climb the table.

They have already been linked with a raid on Manchester United in the new year, with reports claiming they could swoop for four of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fringe players.

The Manchester Evening News reported that Newcastle could target Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly when the transfer window reopens.

And Ferdinand believes Lingard would be a great signing, as well as West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

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“I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable,” said Ferdinand on his YouTube show Vibe with Five.

“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.”

Newcastle were immediately linked with Kylian Mbappe after the takeover was confirmed last week, with the Paris Saint-Germain star out of contract at the end of this season.

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Real Madrid are expected to try and sign Mbappe on a free transfer after being rebuffed in their attempts to buy him this summer, and Ferdinand admitted hopes of Toon signing the Wold Cup winner could be “unrealistic”.

The former England defender said Newcastle should ask the question regardless, but pointed out that fringes players from ‘Big Six’ clubs would be more gettable targets.

And he said they should also set their sights on rising stars such as Norwich right-back Max Aarons and Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace.

“It’s unrealistic until you ask the question,” he said. “I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.

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“[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 into that.

“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.”

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