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Gareth Bale to Newcastle United? Appointing Mauricio Pochettino would show the club ‘means business’, according to Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov insists appointing Mauricio Pochettino as manager will allow Newcastle the chance to sign players like Gareth Bale.

The transfer rumour mill in the north-east has been in a constant state of overdrive since news broke of the Magpies’ £300million takeover.

A Saudi Arabian consortium, backed by the country’s public investment fund, wants to take control of the Premier League side and their ambitions are certainly lofty.

Gareth Bale could be tempted to join Newcastle if Pochettino is manager, claims Berbatov
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The likes of Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens have been linked with moves, while Steve Bruce is reportedly in danger of being replaced.

Former Tottenham boss Pochettino heads the rumoured shortlist and Berbatov believes the Argentine would be able to attract star players to the club.

“If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,” he told Betfair.

“If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.

The Argentine’s tenure as Spurs boss came to an end in 2019, but a Premier League return could be happening
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“If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.

“I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.

“If the rumours are true, the first thing Pochettino is going to want is a guarantee that they will buy players because he would like to have as many good players as possible at his disposal so that he can achieve the club’s goals.

“He has already made his name as one of the best coaches in the world. The question is, does Pochettino actually want to go to Newcastle? When you are connected to names like Real Madrid and Manchester United – and I mean no disrespect to Newcastle – there is a bit of a difference there.

Berbatov spent only two years with Spurs but he remains a cult hero
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“The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.”

Bale nearly left Real Madrid last summer to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning but the move (which would have earned him £1m-a-week) fell through.

The Wales international enjoys a tempestuous relationship with Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane at best, with suggestions in Spain the 30-year-old has prioritised his international career over club football.


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