Tarkowski 'could be one of the first signings of Newcastle's new era'

James Tarkowski ‘could be one of the first signings of Newcastle United’s new era’… with the Burnley defender ‘keen on a move in January’

  • James Tarkowski could be on the move away from Turf Moor in January 
  • Tarkowski will be free to leave at the end of the season as his contract expires  
  • Newcastle’s long-awaited £305million Saudi takeover has now been completed 
  • Deal was announced on Thursday, ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign at the club 
  • Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has insisted they will build ‘long-term success’

James Tarkowski is likely to become one of the first signings of the new Newcastle United era with the Burnley defender said to be keen on the move, according to reports.

Newcastle are under new Saudi ownership after a £305million deal was agreed with Mike Ashley and signed off by the Premier League on Thursday. 

After the Saudi-backed takeover led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went through, the club’s new chairman – Yasir Al-Rumayyan – penned a letter in which he talks about their ambitions and pledged to deliver a team that the fans can be proud of.

James Tarkowski is one of the names tipped to become the first signing of Newcastle’s new era

And Tarkowski is one of the names on the table as the club’s football advisors help the public face of the new board, Amanda Staveley, plan for the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at Turf Moor and will be free to leave for nothing at the end of the season. 

But the England international has a gentleman’s agreement in place with Burnley that the club will not stand in the way of a January move, according to the Telegraph. 

Newcastle are set to become one of the richest clubs in world football after the takeover led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Burnley will look to maximise the fee but it shouldn’t be an issue for the Magpies as the Saudi-takeover is set to make them one of the richest clubs in the Premier League. 

Newcastle will be able to spend as much as £190m in January and stay within the financial fair play rules but the Telegraph have reported that they will not spend lavishly and instead build up gradually. 

Tarkowski is said to be keen on a move to St James’ Park this winter and is waiting to see if a deal can be made between the two clubs. 

Newcastle chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan has penned a letter to supporters after the takeover of the club by the Saudi-based consortium

Jesse Lingard is another name linked to Newcastle in the wake of the takeover but it is not known if the England international would be keen on a move after he turned down a loan move to the Magpies in January favouring West Ham instead.

However, the 28-year-old has since turned down a new contract at Old Trafford after struggling for game time once again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

With Newcastle’s new ambition and budget, though, a move to the Geordie side could be more appealing this winter.

 Jesse Lingard (left) turned down a loan move to Newcastle in January in favour of West Ham

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