Newcastle have reportedly identified Lille defender Sven Botman as the first transfer target of the new era of ownership at St James’ Park.
The Magpies finally claimed their first victory of the season on Saturday as Eddie Howe’s men beat Burnley 1-0 at home.
Botman is a graduate of the famous Ajax academy and left the Amsterdam giants to sign for the Ligue 1 club last summer, in a deal worth around 7.8million of pounds sterling.
The 21-year-old Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool last season following his impressive first campaign at Lille.
Athletic believe the French team will be reluctant to sell Botman in January because they have a good chance of making the round of 16 in the Champions League.
However, the French champions are strapped for cash at the moment and it is understood that they should consider an offer in the order of £ 40million for their player.
Newcastle may well be the busiest club in the January transfer window given their newfound wealth.
And Gabriel Agbonlahor believes the Magpies should do everything they can to sign Jesse Lingard, who has been sacked by Manchester United this season.
He thrived for West Ham on a six-month loan last season, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances as the Hammers sealed qualifying for the Europa League.
Agbonlahor told talkSPORT: “If I was Newcastle I would watch a defensive midfielder and watch Lingard to play past Willock as a No 8
“They need another player who can run with the ball, score goals and help Callum Wilson because they’re not far from Newcastle.
“Three or four of the good players and Lingard would be perfect for them. They have every chance to stay on their feet, they just have to stay until January.
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