Bernard: The extra benefit for Newcastle if they sign a big name

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Former Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard has suggested there is pressure on the club to make a big name signing.

Former Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard has told the Chronicle why he feels his old team have to sign a big name player this summer.

Bernard has suggested that the club don’t have any excuses for not making a big investment on the transfer market, with the imminent influx of cash from the latest confirmed TV broadcasting deals.

He’s also warned the Magpies over what he feels will happen if the club doesn’t move to sign anyone before the end of the season.

“There is TV money there now and I think they will spend bigger than what they have done,” he said.

“If we don’t sign a big name it could be dangerous.”

“Players are thinking about leaving right now because there is no European place, and a big signing would make those who want to go think twice.”

Where Newcastle will try to bring in a big name player is unclear but there are areas of the squad which arguably need to be improved.

The defence has struggled to cope with a pile up of injuries while the absence of Papiss Cisse up front has shown the strain on the attacking reserves at St James Park.

It’s difficult because John Carver, the current boss, can only do so much as he doesn’t know if he’ll be the manager looking ahead to next season.

The club could bring someone in and that coach may have different ideas over where the club needs to be developed and where to go and pick up transfer targets from.

The financial results are good and it’s time the club backed the manager in the market.

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