Newcastle United are gearing themselves towards what could be a very exciting transfer window in January, where the Magpies could have plenty of cash to play with following a takeover.
Talks between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley continue to press ahead and there’s optimism of a deal being concluded by Christmas, which would certainly raise the festive cheer around Tyneside.
Newcastle’s potential new owners are crucially prepared to back Rafael Benitez in the transfer market, something Ashley was reluctant to do in the summer, and talks seem to have already gone ahead regarding potential targets.
According to The Daily Star, the prospective new owners met with Benitez last month and discussed the possibility of moving for three established Premier Leaguer players; in the form of Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Andy Carroll.
Young duo Shaw and Barkley have both fallen out of favour at Manchester United and Everton respectively but show plenty of promise, whilst Carroll is experienced with the Magpies following a successful spell on Tyneside previously.
The three England internationals would certainly improve Newcastle in key areas of the field, with it already being widely reported that the Magpies are keen to improve their options at left-back and in attack.
Barkley’s addition in midfield would also ease the creative reliance on Jonjo Shelvey, as well as providing an improvement on an out-of-sorts Ayoze Perez.