FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR has got Newcastle fans hooked after revealing he is interested in buying the club.
The Toon Army are desperate for a new owner after 13 unhappy years under Mike Ashley. While in recent weeks, talk of a bid from the Saudi Investment Fund has gone quiet.
But in the highly unlikely scenario that Mayweather does purchase a controlling stake in the club, fans would expect the 43-year-old to live up to his Money nickname and splash the cash.
One of the first things the American could do to endear himself to the Toon army is to turn fan-favourite Jetro Willems’ loan move into a permanent transfer.
The 25-year-old impressed under Steve Bruce during his stint from Eintracht Frankfurt before suffering a season-ending injury earlier this year.
Yet the Magpies still have the option of buying Willems, who scored two goals in 18 league appearances, when his loan officially finishes in June.
Newcastle could also partner the full-back with the man they failed to land last summer – Nice starlet Stanley N’Soki.
The Toon were in discussions to land the 20-year-old centre-back from Paris Saint-Germain after having a £10million bid accepted but eventually lost out to Allan Saint-Maximin’s former side.
Bruce revealed last month that Newcastle failed in a £35m move for Boubakary Soumare after the Lille midfielder turned them down.
However, the 20-year-old, who was believed to be holding out for moves to Manchester United or Liverpool, may consider a dramatic U-turn under Mayweather’s rule.
SunSport revealed Everton are targeting a summer swoop for Saint-Maximin, but Newcastle will surely be able to resist any attempts to sign their prized asset with an influx of cash.
Especially if they can tempt the Frenchman with a sensational swoop for compatriot Ousmane Dembele.
The Barcelona star, who has had a torrid time with injuries at the Nou Camp, has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League.
But Newcastle could soon be able to afford the £90m the Catalan outfit want for his services as they rival Chelsea and Liverpool for his signature.
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Denis Zakaria has his pick of suitors this summer as well after the Swiss midfielder’s impressive form at Borussia Monchengladbach.
But a Mayweather-led Newcastle could offer up the best pitch of all over the likes of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Club record signing Joelinton meanwhile has flattered to deceive during his stint on Tyneside with RB Leipzig star Ademola Lookman now tasked with leading the line.
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