With the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia just around the corner, we look at five players who will feature in the competition that Newcastle United should keep tabs on.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, Switzerland)
Xherdan Shaqiri has been relegated from the Premier League with Stoke City, and it is hard to see the Switzerland international winger play in the Championship next season.
With the 26-year-old winger available for £12 million in the summer transfer due to to a relegation release clause, according to The Sun, Newcastle would be wise to at last make a bid and should follow him at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia this summer.
Alphonse Areola is part of France’s 2018 World Cup squad, and although the 25-year-old goalkeeper may not even get a minute, his inclusion underlines his quality.
According to France Football, Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is already looking at signing Areola from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and it would make sense for the former Liverpool manager to make a move for him after the World Cup.
Aaron Mooy was one of the best players for Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, and it would be smart of Newcastle to at least make a bid for the 27-year-old central midfielder.
The former Manchester City man will be looking to make an impact for Australia in Russia this summer, and the Magpies should keep a close eye on him.
Newcastle need to sign a proven goalscorer in the summer transfer window in order to have a successful 2018-19 campaign, and the Magpies should keep an eye on Andre Silva.
The 22-year-old is very talented and promising, and with AC Milan failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League, the Portugal international could be convinced to switch to St. James’ Park. Silva is still very young, and he would improve under manager Benitez.
Iago Aspas may have failed to do much of note during his time at Liverpool, but the Spain international striker has resurrected his career at Celta de Vigo.
Having scored 22 goals and provided five assists in 33 La Liga starts for Celta this season, the 30-year-old should at least be on Newcastle’s radar. Another crack at the Premier League could be tempting for Aspas.