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Newcastle ‘will target Mauricio Pochettino or Massimiliano Allegri’ to replace Steve Bruce

Newcastle will look to replace Steve Bruce with Mauricio Pochettino or Massimiliano Allegri once Mike Ashley has sold the club, according to reports.

A Saudi-backed consortium is on the verge of buying the club for £300million, which will see a number of changes made in the dressing room.

According to ESPN, the club’s new owners are looking to bring in a high-profile manager which will spell the end of Bruce’s one-season stint at the club.

Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly wanted by Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly wanted by Newcastle

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also being considered

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also being considered

Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Massimiliano Allegri (R) are managerial targets for Newcastle

Reports suggest Steve Bruce could be shown the door once the £300m takeover is complete

Reports suggest Steve Bruce could be shown the door once the £300m takeover is complete

Reports suggest Steve Bruce could be shown the door once the £300m takeover is complete

Two other candidates are also being considered with Rafa Benitez and Lucien Favre on the four-man shortlist although both are currently in jobs while Pochettino and Allegri aren’t.

Benitez, who left the club last summer to take over at Dalian Yifang, remains popular among the Toon support and could make a swift return considering his longstanding links with Amanda Staveley – who is brokering the £300m takeover. 

The report goes on to claim that the owners believe they can offer a project that will attract the likes of Pochettino and Allegri to the club, along with a host of star players.

It goes on to state that a number of meetings have already taken place over video-messaging platform Zoom, who hope big-name signings can sway any of the managers involved to join the Newcastle revolution.

PSG striker Edinson Cavani is also reportedly top of Newcastle's transfer wishlist

PSG striker Edinson Cavani is also reportedly top of Newcastle's transfer wishlist

PSG striker Edinson Cavani is also reportedly top of Newcastle’s transfer wishlist

Dries Mertens has been linked with the exit at the San Paolo Stadium

Dries Mertens has been linked with the exit at the San Paolo Stadium

Willian is set to become a free agent this summer

Willian is set to become a free agent this summer

Napoli’s Dries Mertens (left) and Chelsea’s Willian (right) are being linked with Newcastle

Top of their transfer wishlist is Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who has been linked away from the Ligue 1 champions for the past year.

The Uruguayan is reportedly ready to turn down any offers to return to South America in an attempt to stay in Europe and keep his spot in the national team in time for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Napoli’s Belgian forward Dries Mertens is also being targeted by Newcastle, once the takeover goes through while Chelsea winger Willian could also make the move to the north east.

The takeover of the club is set to be announced soon while the consortium is yet to pass the Premier League’s Owners and Directors test. 

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