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Newcastle earmark top targets after takeover

After their £305 million acquisition, Newcastle United has money to burn and over the past couple of weeks, the club has been linked with a host of names; some particularly far-fetched and others that could materialise.

There is little doubt among many that they will spend in the January transfer window, in a bid to try and stay in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle earmark top targets after takeover

As a result, the latest names that they have been linked with are Wolves’ centre back, Connor Coady and Porto attacker Luis Diaz, who was understood to have been scouted by Leeds United in the summer.

Defensive reinforcements a clear priority

It is no secret that the Magpies’ backline needs shoring up and the addition of Coady would certainly represent a major upgrade. The England international has proven his ability over the last few years and also has experience playing in the Europa League.

With the ability to also play in a back four or a back three, this could well be of particular interest to the manager that the owners bring in, especially if they take a pragmatic approach until Premier League safety is guaranteed.

The club has also been linked with Burnley centre back James Tarkowski over the past week; another signing who would be regarded as solid by fans and be able to hit the ground running.

For Coady, a move to a now, ambitious Newcastle could be an interesting switch, if he feels that he is ready for a new challenge, while a substantial pay rise and bonus would almost certainly be on the cards.

Who is Diaz and what could he add?

The Colombian is regarded as one of the most exciting talents in Portugal and has registered six goals and one assist in nine league appearances already this term.

At 24, he has a bright future ahead of him and should a move materialise, then Newcastle would be getting a player who is similar in stature to fellow Premier League newbie, Raphina who has earned rave reviews having arrived as an ‘unknown quantity’.

Operating mainly from the left, the player likes to cut inside and he would certainly be the type of player to get fans going. With Allan Saint-Maximim on one flank and the Colombian on the other, this makes for a very attractive attack, should Newcastle be able to pull off a move.