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Report: Newcastle to hold further talks with Premier League side's 50-year-old, preferred to Overmars

The Daily Star claims Newcastle are to hold further talks for Manchester City’s Jason Wilcox, preferring him to Luis Campos and Marc Overmars.

Wilcox, 50, has been applauded for his work as Manchester City’s head of academy. Pep Guardiola rates him highly, proving crucial for Phil Foden.

Wilcox is one of a number of names to be linked with the newly-created sporting director role at Newcastle. Liverpool’s Michael Edwards, too.

In the report, Newcastle are said to have held talks with Ajax sporting director Overmars. Campos is also a man eyed by Amanda Staveley.

But it appears 1994-95 Premier League winner Wilcox is Newcastle’s first choice. The Toon and Staveley are preparing further talks for him.

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Wilcox to Newcastle: Could surprise addition prove a masterstroke?

Newcastle need to bring in a sporting director – just as importantly as they require a new manager. Graeme Jones remains in charge.

The club’s enormous new wealth means Newcastle could be played, with others refusing to sell unless a fee is over the odds for players.

A sporting director will help them find value for money – rather than being ripped off. Financial Fairplay means they do have limitations.

Does Wilcox have the necessary knowledge, experience of spending cash? Probably not, compared to the likes of Campos, Edwards or Overmars.

But he has not been given the chance, and he certainly has an eye for younger players – just as Foden. He could be a masterstroke.

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