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Newcastle takeover latest: Saudi-consortium want Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens with Mauricio Pochettino or Max Allegri to replace Steve Bruce

Newcastle United are in talks with Edinson Cavani over a sensational move to St James’ Park, according to reports.

A Saudi-based consortium are also preparing bumper moves for Dries Mertens and Mauricio Pochettino as the look to signal their intent in the north-east.

Edinson Cavani is being targeted by Newcastle United
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The new owners agreed a deal with Mike Ashley earlier this week, with the emphasis on transforming the Magpies from sleeping giants to Premier League heavyweights.

Steve Bruce landed his dream job at his boyhood club last summer after replacing Rafael Benitez, but he looks set to be the first casualty of the new era.

As well as former Tottenham manager Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri is also on the shortlist following his release from Juventus.

According to ESPN, the high-profile names are not simply linked for the purpose of hype – the new owners genuinely believe they can pull off these transfers.

Mertens is a free agent at the end of the season
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And, using the same model Everton used to capture Carlo Ancelotti to replace Marco Silva last season, they are confident of a big name appointment.

A number of meetings have apparently taken place over video-messaging platform Zoom, with the club hopeful just one big name signing can lure either Pochettino or Allegri.

Cavani wants to stay in Europe if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain, while Napoli talisman Mertens was linked with a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window.

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