Whilst Newcastle United have been heavily linked with a heap of top names across Europe, the impending Saudi-backed takeover is unlikely to see a litany of big-name signings. Newcastle still have to remain within FFP regulations whilst luring the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Kyllian Mbappe to St James’ Park at the moment will not be easy.
Instead, players thriving at middle-of-the-run clubs across Europe and in England, on a similar par to Newcastle, makes more sense.
Post takeover Chelsea signed Adrian Mutu and Damien Duff. Manchester City snapped up Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong.
So, could Newcastle United be more likely to sign Crystal Palace cast-off Alexander Sorloth instead of these regularly linked big names?
According to reports in Turkey, yes.
Fotospor claims that the Saudi consortium have the Norwegian striker on their shortlist after his excellent season on loan at Trabzonspor. The 24-year-old has 25 goals in 39 games for the club this season despite failing to score a Premier League goal for the Eagles after his reported (Daily Mail) £9 million move in 2018.
It is claimed Real Madrid are also keen and that the Turkish side could look to sell Sorloth for €45 million (£39m) after exercising their right to buy him from Palace.
Newcastle have reportedly been keen on the 6ft 5ins Sorloth for some time. As reported by Fotospor, scouts watched him bag a brace against Besiktas in February.
Now it seems the Magpies may actually have the financial clout to make a deal happen in the summer. If Sorloth can live up to his form in Turkey, not England, then the Norwegian could be a frightening recruit.