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Newcastle could sign stars like Gareth Bale if they appoint Mauricio Pochettino, says Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov believes Newcastle United could attract an array of top class talent, including Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale, if they recruit Mauricio Pochettino as manager. 

The Premier League club are nearing a change of ownership after a £300million bid by a Saudi Arabia-lead consortium was accepted by controversial owner Mike Ashley. 

Should that deal go through, it would make Newcastle the richest top flight club by quite some distance, and such wealth could see the Tyneside outfit compete for the top prizes and attract the biggest names. 

Appointing Mauricio Pochettino would see Newcastle attract stars, says Dimitar Berbatov

Appointing Mauricio Pochettino would see Newcastle attract stars, says Dimitar Berbatov

Appointing Mauricio Pochettino would see Newcastle attract stars, says Dimitar Berbatov

The ex-Man United striker feels someone like Gareth Bale would be attainable with Pochettino

The ex-Man United striker feels someone like Gareth Bale would be attainable with Pochettino

The ex-Man United striker feels someone like Gareth Bale would be attainable with Pochettino

Speculation has heightened that current Newcastle boss Steve Bruce could make way for a more high-profile name once the takeover is ratified, with former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri linked.

From a player perspective, Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has emerged as a target for the club come the summer.  

And former Spurs and Manchester United striker Berbatov says that the key to attracting big players such as Bale and Cavani is to appoint a big-name manager, like Pochettino. 

Berbatov is convinced a high-profile manager will attract big name players to Newcastle

Berbatov is convinced a high-profile manager will attract big name players to Newcastle

Berbatov is convinced a high-profile manager will attract big name players to Newcastle

‘If the rumours are true, and Newcastle are looking at appointing Mauricio Pochettino, it would be a great move for the team,’ he told Betfair.

‘If he goes there then it will be the first sign from the new owners, to the players they are targeting, that the club means business.

‘If you put Pochettino in charge at Newcastle and you go and speak to players, trust me they will pay more attention and take the offer seriously, and I’m talking about big players as well.

‘I know Gareth Bale is among those who have been linked with the club. I’m sure Newcastle will want to rebuild with some top names.

‘The biggest factor that would persuade Pochettino to go to St James’ Park would be having the funds to buy players.’ 

The Magpies are nearing a mega-money takeover by an Amanda Staveley-lead consortium

The Magpies are nearing a mega-money takeover by an Amanda Staveley-lead consortium

The Magpies are nearing a mega-money takeover by an Amanda Staveley-lead consortium

Bale is nearing the exit door at Madrid having come close to moving to the Chinese Super League last summer. 

The Welshman has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under the reign of Zinedine Zidane and is seeking a fresh start. 

For more insight from Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head over to betfair.com/berbatov 

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