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Newcastle ready to challenge Premier League teams for first signing after £300m takeover

Newcastle are close to a £300m takeover, with fans excited ahead of the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa star John McGinn would be a perfect first signing for Newcastle if their £300m takeover goes through, former Premier League ace Darren Bent claims. Toon owner Mike Ashley has agreed to sell the club to PCP Capital Partners, an organisation backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Contracts between Newcastle and the Saudi-backed consortium have been exchanged. They have also paid their deposit as the takeover edges closer.

The Premier League’s Owners and Directors test is the only remaining hurdle left in the £300m takeover.

Newcastle have been tipped to spend £200m in the summer transfer window if the takeover goes through.

The Toon have been linked with Villa’s McGinn, as well as being backed to make shock moves for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal.

And Bent says Scotland international McGinn would be the perfect first signing for Newcastle this summer.

Bent told Football Insider: “If you can go and get someone like a John McGinn, I don’t think the price would be that high if Villa were to go down.

“I don’t think the price would be crazy high so that would be a great first signing. It’s really exciting times.

“I was at Spurs when the whole Manchester City takeover happened and the first signing they rolled out was Robinho. I was like ‘Woah’ and we look at Manchester City and where they are now.

“I think it would be brilliant if Newcastle can go and get some of these top players and go and start competing again.”

McGinn is a fan favourite at Villa Park, however, the Midlands club could be forced to sell if they are relegated to the Championship.

Ahead of the takeover, Steve Bruce’s position is said to be in doubt, with a Rafa Benitez return backed, while ex-Juventus boss Max Allegri is also a target.

And former Toon skipper Mick Martin has called for Newcastle to appoint ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“While I was a big fan of Benitez, I wouldn’t be chasing him for the job,” Martin said. “He jumped ship and went to China for the money, and I was hugely disappointed.

“Steve came in and I was one who was saying, ‘It’s going to be hard work for him’. But I could understand him taking the job because he’s a Geordie.

“I have to stress, I think Steve has done a great job and the players have responded well to him.

“But if the takeover happens, I think Steve might be vulnerable. I think there could be huge changes.

“If so, I might be looking at the likes of Pochettino. He knows big players, he knows South America and he knows Europe. He’s a big name in the game.

“If you’re looking for trophies, you look to tempt big players, like Kevin Keegan did when he was manager here first time around. He signed people like Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and David Ginola.”

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