Newcastle’s takeover has led to plenty of transfer talk during the international break.

Most fans are realistic and know that Kylian Mbappe won’t be coming in any time soon.

But former Newcastle man turned BBC pundit Chris Waddle has let himself get carried away in the Sun.

He has suggested 12 players Newcastle should target with their new wealth.

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Who does Waddle want Newcastle to target?

Paul Pogba is the first player he names, and Manchester United teammates Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek soon follow.

Eden Hazard is the next big hitter, with fellow winger Federico Chiesa also mentioned.

Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen and Hazard’s Real Madrid teammate Marco Asensio are two more widemen mentioned.

Then Waddle recommends a raid on Premier League clubs for English talent: Emile Smith Rowe, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.


Waddle rounds off by mentioning talented Spanish youngsters Yeremi Pino and Gavi. That makes 12.

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Who is actually realistic?

In our view, only three of those targets are actually achievable in the short-term.

Old Trafford outcasts Martial and van de Beek could be obtainable at the right price.

Diaby may be tempted to swap the Bundesliga for Newcastle too.

But the others are pie in the sky for this stage of Newcastle’s development, while the club is still around the bottom of the table.

Waddle may be right that Newcastle need to show ambition, but even Manchester City did not make world-beating signings right away.

They got Robinho, but that was about it. Yaya Toure and David Silva came later and that was when things began to change.

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