Pundit tells Newcastle to sign former Liverpool and Arsenal pair

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 9:01 - Joe Williams

Newcastle-linked Aaron Ramsey celebrates

Gabby Agbonlahor thinks Newcastle United should pursue deals for ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The Magpies have been linked with numerous different players since the takeover of the club was announced on Thursday.

Just in this morning’s Gossip column there were fresh links to six new potential transfer targets with Manchester United striker Anthony Martial and Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas both mooted.

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And Agbonlahor thinks Newcastle should go for some Premier League experience with Ramsey struggling at Juventus and Coutinho only starting three matches for Barcelona this season.

“I’d go and get [Aaron] Ramsey or someone like that,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT. “He’s still a good player and it isn’t working for him at Juventus at the moment.

“I’d target those kind of players where you don’t have to pay them silly money. I’d take [Phillipe] Coutinho too. We were talking about the Manchester City takeover and they had Robinho come in.

“Coutinho’s not really playing his football properly at Barcelona, and Barcelona will take anything – they still owe Liverpool for him, don’t they?

“Barcelona could say: ‘You cancel that Liverpool debt, and you can have him!'”

There have also been rumours that Steve Bruce will lose his job this week before the Geordies play Tottenham on Sunday.

Bruce insisted last week that he wants to be given a “chance” by the owners but accepts that they might want a change.

“I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them,” Bruce told the Daily Telegraph.

“New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.

“That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way.”

Meanwhile, financier Amanda Staveley, who headed up the bid from the consortium to buy Newcastle has outlined their grand plans for the club.

Staveley said: “Look, we want to invest at every level of the club.

“We don’t want to just invest in players, we want to invest in the Academy, we want to invest in the medical facilities, the training ground, we want to work with the surrounding community and support the fantastic work that Newcastle Foundation has been doing as well, that’s important.

“Personally, I’m a big fan of women’s football – I’m a girl that never got to play football, so I’d like to see investment into Newcastle’s Women’s team.

“Rest assured, we are going to invest heavily into the club at all levels.”


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