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Report: Newcastle want Liverpool figure, already confirmed as leaving Anfield

The Telegraph report that Newcastle could raid Liverpool and hire Michael Edwards as sporting director – with Edwards reportedly set to leave in 2022.

Edwards is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best in his position. He is behind the signings of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and plenty more bargains.

Joining Liverpool in 2011 from Tottenham, he initially took up the role of being the lead in performance and analysis. He has climbed the ladder.

Director of technical performance was next, then technical director – and now the big one, sporting director. He has been the brains upstairs.

But The Athletic reported earlier this season that Edwards was set to leave Liverpool in 2022, when his contract ends. There are no plans to extend it.

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Now, with Newcastle needing a man to help organise what is likely to be a lot of spending – Edwards is one of a number of sporting directors targeted.

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While Newcastle fans will be desperate to see who the new owners get through the door first – players and manager – a sporting director is crucial.

In fact, it is probably more important than either. It is the stepping stone to ensuring successful moves in the market, and Edwards is second to none.

Across Europe, he is regarded as one of the best for his work at Liverpool. Tight with Liverpool’s coffers, but willing to spend where necessary.

He knows a good deal when he sees one – and will strive to bring in some cash. Edwards also gained plaudits for bringing in stacks for fringe players.

Dom Solanke, Jordon Ibe, Rhian Brewster and more all went for big money. If Newcastle get Edwards, they are pulling off a huge coup.

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