Report: Newcastle target Ronald Koeman, willing to spend £2m

Mike Ashley has targeted the Southampton boss in an ambitious swoop, say reports...

Newcastle United are aiming high in the search for their next manager, according to the Sunday People.

Indeed, the tabloid suggest the Magpies are willing to pay £2 million in the way of compensation to secure the signature of Southampton boss Ronald Koeman this summer.

John Carver, currently in charge at St James’ Park until the end of the season, is said to be a candidate to stay at Newcastle in the long term, while Derby County boss Steve McClaren is also in the frame.

But Southampton coach Koeman, having impressed since moving to the Premier League, is reportedly being targeted due to his knowledge of European leagues and willingness to work under Newcastle’s preferred system.

Taking all things into account, would the move make sense? Certainly. But how realistic is the proposition?

Newcastle have been linked with a number of high-profile bosses in their search for a new long-term coach but Mike Ashley doesn’t have a track record of going out to hire the biggest names.

Koeman, meanwhile, may feel he is best suited staying at Southampton. How the Saints finish their season, of course, may well determine his decision.

Right now, though, there would appear no decision to make. Southampton are fifth - even after losing to West Brom (before Liverpool play) - and Newcastle are 11th. Would Koeman really make the move?

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch