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Warren Barton suggests Newcastle target Manchester City star

Warren Barton has suggested to talkSPORT that Newcastle United should make a statement in the transfer market to build momentum following their takeover – and suggested that the Magpies should look at Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.

Newcastle now have new owners. It looks to be a monumental moment for the Magpies after Mike Ashley’s turbulent tenure.

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It appears that big changes could be imminent, with Sky reporter Keith Downie hinting that Steve Bruce is now very unlikely to be in charge of their next game.

But of course, fans will also be turning their attention to what is to happen in the upcoming transfer windows.

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And with that, Barton insisted that Newcastle need to make a big statement in the market. He went on to suggest a player that would fit the bill in his eyes.

“Yes, there’s a foundation, building that you want to do. There’s a long-term project,” he told talkSPORT.

“But also, you’ve got to get momentum. While the iron’s hot, you’ve got to look. A Sterling, not happy, not playing at Manchester City. Come and join us.”

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Is Newcastle signing Raheem Sterling out of the question?

It does appear that Sterling could be on the move away from Manchester City in the future.

The Daily Star recently reported that contract talks with the 26-year-old are only moving slowly. He apparently wants his wages to increase to £350,000-a-week from £300,000-a-week.

His current terms expire at the end of next season. And he is apparently aware that he is likely to be sold next summer if he does not agree an extension.

With that in mind, it no longer seems out of the question for Newcastle to finance a move.

Of course, much would depend on how interested the forward would be to move to St James’ Park.

But it does now appear that Newcastle attracting some of the world’s most expensive players is not impossible.

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