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A new era has begun at Newcastle United as their long-awaited takeover has finally been finalised.

Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies is over, and a Saudi-led consortium is now in charge at St James’ Park.

The consortium consists of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), financier Amanda Staveley and David and Simon Reuben.

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Staveley said the new club owners have “the same ambitions as Manchester City and PSG” in terms of success on the pitch.

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However, she made clear that things won’t change overnight, and turning Newcastle into a major force will take time.

‘Do we want to win the Premier League within five to 10 years? Yes,” she said.

“This takeover is hugely transformative. We want to see trophies.

“But trophies need investment, time, patience and team work.”

With that in mind, Newcastle aren’t going to land Neymars and Mbappes at this moment in time – not while the club is battling relegation.

That said, the Magpies could certainly target players in the tiers below – and there’s one player who could be worth a shout next year, both in terms of quality and being a somewhat realistic target.

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Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti is out of contract next year and, according to resident Urbano Cairo, “probably doesn’t want to sign” a new deal.

“I made an offer that went beyond my capabilities, but I can’t force him to do anything,” Teamtalk quotes him as saying. “I don’t think he wants to sign.”

Belotti can now negotiate a free transfer to sides from January onwards – and a Newcastle would certainly be able to offer him big wages and a signing-on fee.

Newcastle would be landing a top striker in Belotti

Belotti has not only become a legend at Torino but has also written his name in Azzurri folklore.

The powerhouse striker joined the Granata in 2015 from Palermo.

Belotti has clocked up 231 competitive appearances for Torino, registering 106 goals and 26 assists.

He has also won 39 caps for Italy, scoring 12 goals, and was part of the Azzurri squad that triumphed at Euro 2020.

Belotti boasts several key traits including speed, acceleration, strength, work-rate, tactical awareness and of course, an eye for goal.

And fans have compared him to some other top players over the years:

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