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Mauricio Pochettino might be a bit more tempted to join Newcastle United if Gonzalo Higuain is a genuine target.

Ossie Ardiles revealed this week that the Magpies had made an offer for the out-of-work Argentine, who was sacked by Tottenham back in November.

While Sky Sports have reported in recent weeks that Pochettino is Newcastle’s first-choice manager to replace Steve Bruce, if and when their £300 million takeover is ratified by the Premier League.

TuttoJuve claimed this week that the St James’s Park club are keen on the Argentina international.

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And previous comments from Pochettino about Higuain might indicate that the former would take the job if he had a striker like the Juventus marksman in the North-East.

Ahead of Spurs’ Champions League defeat by the Italian giants in 2018, Pochettino acknowledged Higuain as a huge threat and even likened him to a certain Lionel Messi.

He said to Be Soccer: “I think he is one of the greatest strikers in the world, with Harry Kane.

“We know his talent very well and sometimes it is not easy to stop him. Like Paulo Dybala or Lionel Messi, this type of player.”

It must be stressed that Higuain is now 32, and these comments came two years ago.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea hitman is unlikely to be as potent of a goalscorer as he once was, and will certainly decline going forward.

But maybe he has enough left in the tank to be an asset for Newcastle.

Question is, is he still good enough to make life in the North-East more attractive to Pochettino? Time will tell.

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