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Newcastle United: Saudis planned to sign Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray, Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi before takeover fail

Newcastle United: Saudis planned to sign Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray, Callum Wilson and Mauro Icardi before takeover fail - Newcastle United News

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group planned to sign four players if the proposed takeover of Newcastle United had not fallen through, according to the Daily Mirror (via NUFC 360).

As per the outlet, those players were Leicester duo Hamza Choudhury and Demarai Gray, Bournemouth ace Callum Wilson and now Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi.

Who would you have preferred Newcastle to sign?

Choudhury

Choudhury

Icardi

Icardi

Gray

Gray

Wilson

Wilson

Indeed, the former three could have given Steve Bruce a wealth of Premier League experience going into the new 2020/21 season, with Choudhury playing in 37 games, Gray in 132 matches and Wilson making 126 appearances in the English top flight.

Icardi could have offered them a greater goal-scoring threat, with a relatively impressive 185 goals in 324 club appearances for Sampdoria, Inter Milan and PSG, according to Transfermarkt.

The Saudi-led group also planned to make significant changes to the backroom staff at St James’ Park, with Bruce potentially keeping his job as the manager in the northeast.

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Let us start with the 10th most expensive, how much was Jonjo Shelvey?

The buying side would have helped out with the Newcastle United foundation with sizeable donations and also support the Wallsend Boys Club and Great North Run in attempt to invest in the local community, as well as purchasing players for the Magpies on the pitch.

However, with the would-be owners cutting the wire on their own £300m deal with Mike Ashley, this is all perhaps a dream unless the bid could somehow be resurrected by the English Premier League (EPL).

Nevertheless, it is all speculation up until this moment in time unless the EPL can cooperate with the buyers and therefore get any possible deal back on track.

Geordies, can you see the takeover being resurrected? Comment below with your views!


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