Former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, believes that the Magpies could close the gap on Spurs if their proposed takeover is completed.
BBC Sport claim that Newcastle are currently close to changing owners, with Mike Ashley set to sell the club. The report reveals that financier, Amanda Staveley, is leading a bid which involves Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and the Reuben Brothers.
Jenas believes that, if the takeover does go through, Newcastle’s new owners will be looking to bring top players to the North-East rather than bit-part players.
The former England midfielder suggested that Newcastle will be looking to compete with the likes of Everton and Wolves next season and suggested that Spurs and Arsenal could be looking nervously over their shoulders.
Jenas added that the race for the top four spots could be blown wide open next season.
Speaking to the Mirror about the rumoured takeover, Jenas said: “If this wealthy consortium is coming in, they are going to spend. They are not going to be bit-part players. They are seeing Everton making moves, Wolves making moves, and thinking we want to be part of that.
“Are Spurs losing their grip on what they thought they might have? Arsenal are having a wobble. This is a great period of time to get a club and go for the top four. That is what it is all about.”
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There is no doubt that Newcastle as a club has tremendous potential and these new owners will likely be willing to take more risks in the transfer market than Mike Ashley if the takeover does go through. However, it is next to impossible to just keep throwing money at the club and do another Chelsea or a Man City with the Financial Fair Play rules currently in place. So, it will likely be a gradual growth rather than a meteoric rise up the table for Newcastle and I don’t think the top teams will be too worried just yet.
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