Newcastle’s new owners point to James Tarkowski as the first signing with Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard also on the finalist list

Newcastle’s new owners reportedly have their sights set on Burnley defender James Tarkowski as their first signing in January.

The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, a consortium led by Amanda Staveley, completed a £ 305 million acquisition on Thursday to end Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign.

Staveley led the Saudi-based group behind the acquisition.

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Staveley led the Saudi-based group behind the acquisition.

Fans cheered outside St James' Park after Newcastle's takeover was confirmed

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Fans cheered outside St James’ Park after Newcastle’s takeover was confirmed

They have a reported wealth of £ 320bn, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, making them the richest football club owners in world football.

The January transfer window will be when Newcastle will be able to flex its newfound financial muscle.

Fans have already been dreaming of signings from big names like Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland and Raheem Sterling.

The man who could be the first to arrive is Tarkowski, according to The Telegraph.

Tarkowski is said to top Newcastle's wish list

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Tarkowski is said to top Newcastle’s wish list

The England central is out of contract at the end of the season and reportedly has a gentlemen’s agreement with Burnley that they will not get in his way if an offer is made in January.

Tarkowski is said to be interested in joining Newcastle once the transfer window opens and a price is agreed.

Another name mentioned is Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, although it is not known if he would be willing to join the Northeast club.

Fans will be eagerly awaiting who the club will sign this January and the transfer windows in the future.

Lingard has struggled to gain playing time at Old Trafford

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Lingard has struggled to gain playing time at Old Trafford

Former Newcastle midfielder Darren Ambrose believes that once summer rolls around, nothing is off the table.

He told talkSPORT: “Come summer, I don’t think anything is off the table. As a footballer, you have the opportunity to say ‘Am I buying the football club’s ambition? Am I looking at this and thinking that there is a chance to win trophies? ‘

“In terms of Harry Kane, you are buying into the ambition of the football club and if it is that and you have a shot right now from Man City or Newcastle, of course you will choose Man City.

“You want immediate trophies, but if you’re thinking about trophies in the next three to five years, and I’m going to be a part of that, then I don’t think there’s anything off the table.”

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