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Duncan Castles discusses Newcastle search for sporting director, name drops 57-year-old

Duncan Castles has told The Transfer Window Podcast that Newcastle are targeting Luis Campos – having made contact during the first takeover bid.

The club’s new owners – financially backed by the Saudi Arabia PIF – are keen to add a sporting director to oversee plenty of spending soon.

Michael Edwards, the Liverpool sporting director, is being linked with the role. The Telegraph report as such, with Edwards likely to leave in 2022.

It remains to be seen what the new consortium does. Steve Bruce remains in charge for now, though the belief is that he will leave the club soon.

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A whole shake-up is needed but the swift manner in which the £305million takeover came about – means that plans are currently up in the air.

Castles, though, has spoke about how his sources have informed him that Campos is the man they want – and that they spoke to him in 2020.

“One name I can tell you they are looking at is Campos. You can see he fits the model, that PIF want to implement – getting value from the market.

“My understanding is there was initial contact during the first attempt. It is a long-standing interest. There is an opportunity if they persuade Campos.”

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Castles on Campos: He takes Newcastle to the next level

The work of Campos at Monaco is something that should be greatly admired. His ability to spot bargains and produce resale value is excellent.

According to Castles, Newcastle want a sporting director that can make them money – but also be trusted with large sums of cash.

Campos is ideal. While Edwards at Liverpool would be good, Campos has more experience. He also has more contacts, having worked abroad.

Lille, Monaco, Real Madrid, they are all on his CV. So, Campos should be first choice and it appears he is – especially as he is a free agent.

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