Newcastle United have made signing homegrown British talent their priority this summer, with 90Min reporting that Norwich City trio Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell are just three of the players on an ever-lengthening list of targets.
Big-money takeovers do not always go to plan (for every Manchester City, there is a Malaga) but, after years of underachievement on and off the pitch, who can blame the Magpies fan base for getting a little excited about things to come?
Mohammed Bin Salman, the billionaire Saudi prince, is expected to bring Mike Ashley’s reign to a long-overdue end sooner rather than later.
And, in the blink of an eye, Newcastle could be transformed into one of the richest clubs in the entire footballing landscape.
As you might expect, a host of big-name, continental talents have been linked already. However, if 90Min are to be believed, Newcastle’s recruitment policy revolves instead around players born and raised in Britain.
A pair of England international centre-backs are apparently on the radar with Manchester City’s £47.5 million benchwarmer John Stones joining Chris Smalling on Newcastle’s summer wishlist.
Perhaps even more intriguingly, Steve Bruce’s side have been tipped to sign not one, not two but three players from bottom of the table Norwich.
The Canaries might be set for an immediate return to the Championship but, even if results have been more than disappointing, the performances of a couple of highly-rated youngsters have certainly caught the eye.
In Aarons and Lewis, two of the most exciting and attack-minded full-backs in the Premier League are plying their trade at Carrow Road. The floppy-haired, fleet-footed Cantwell – something of a Jack Grealish-lite who tends to thrive on the big occasions – has also produced six goals from his advanced midfield role.
Cantwell, Aarons and Lewis deserve the opportunity to stay in the top flight – and Newcastle could be about to offer them exactly that.