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Following Newcastle's take over by their new Saudi owners, we look at which four players could be moving north.

Following the long-awaited takeover over by the Saudi Arabian backed fund, the list of potential Newcastle signings in 2022 appears to be growing by the day.

With the wealth now behind the Tyneside club, we look at players who could realistically be targeted by the new owners in the upcoming January transfer window and beyond.

1. Phillippe Coutinho – Barcelona

Phillippe Coutinho playing for Barcelona
Phillippe Coutinho has disappointed following his record £142m transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona. Photo: Press Association

The former Liverpool player grew to become one of the best playmakers in Europe prior to his monstrous £142m deal to European giants Barcelona in 2018.

Since the move, the Brazilian’s career has waned as he failed to make a similar impact to his time at Anfield. Following a spell at Bayern Munich and the financial troubles Barcelona are currently facing, a Newcastle signing for 2021 could realistically be Phillippe Coutinho.

The 29-year-old’s contract expires in 2023 and the Catalan club are actively seeking ways to reduce their salary bill with the Brazilian being one of their highest earners.

2. Dele Alli – Tottenham

Dele Alli playing for Tottenham in the Premier League
Dele Alli has struggled to find his sensational form from his time under Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Dele Alli announced himself in the Premier League alight during his first season – returning 8 goals aged just 19 from the Tottenham midfield – as Spurs began to mount serious title challenges under Mauricio Pochettino.

The following season turned into the best of his career so far after scoring an incredible 18 goals in the Premier League as Spurs missed out on the title to Conte’s Chelsea side.

However, Dele has only managed to score 14 goals in the last three years combined following the club’s turbulent aftermath of their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Dele Alli returned 18 goals in 37 Premier League matches for Tottenham in the 2017/2018 season. Video: Sky Sports, Youtube.

Mauricio Pochettino was subsequently sacked the next season and replaced with Jose Mourinho, who endured a difficult two-year spell and was proceeded by the current manager  – Nuno Espirito Santo.

Still aged just 25, Dele Alli has the main bulk of his career ahead and a point to prove. The midfielder’s talent is undeniable, and a change of scenery may be the catalyst for kick-starting his career again – a Newcastle signing for 2021 worth considering for the new owners.

3. James Tarkowski – Burnley

James Tarkowski playing for Burnley in the Premier League
Tarkowski has been linked with a move to the newly-bought Newcastle in January. Image: Press Association

The 28-year-old Burnley defender has been a consistent performer in Sean Dyce’s side since joining the club in 2016.

Burnley rejected a bid worth £30m from Leicester City for the centre-back in 2020 with the club thought to be holding out for £45m.

With the news of Newcastle’s takeover now common knowledge, the Clarets are in a comfortable position to achieve their demands for their star defender which looks increasingly likely to be matched.

As speculation continues to mount, the defender looks to be the first Newcastle signing in their new ownership era.

4. Weston McKennie – Juventus

Weston McKennie playing for Juventus in Serie A
Weston McKennie joined Juventus on a permanent transfer from Schalke 04 in a £15.7m deal in 2020. Image: Press Association

The American midfielder joined Italian giants Juventus on an initial loan from German side Schalke 04 in 2020 with an option to make the move permanent the following year.

McKennie excelled for the then-Italian champions under the tutelage of Andrea Pirlo, where he played consistently in the Juve midfield.

The American’s debut season was deemed a success by the Italians who activated their option to purchase the player on a permanent deal for £15.7m.

Massimo Allegri has since returned to Turin for this second spell with the Old Lady and McKennie been used more sparsely by the Italian, which has led to speculation around the midfielder’s future.

With a number of clubs monitoring the situation – namely West Ham – the American may be available on a loan deal in order to gain more minutes in on the pitch this coming transfer window.

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