Newcastle interested in Philippe Coutinho transfer as one of their first January signings after £300m Saudi takeover

NEWCASTLE are reportedly looking to make Philippe Coutinho one of their first signings in January.

Sport claims the Barcelona star could be set for a stunning Premier League return this winter after the Magpies’ £300million Saudi takeover.

The new buyers – the wealthiest in world football with a combined £320BILLION fortune – have already vowed to bring ‘long-term success’ to the North East club.

And one of the first decisions made will be regarding January signings.

Newcastle sit 19th in the table, having failed to win a single game from their opening seven fixtures.

Toon fans have already urged their new owners to splash out on Juventus playmaker Aaron Ramsey, once of Arsenal.

But Spanish reports claim Coutinho is the man being targeted.

The former Liverpool star, 29, has endured mixed fortunes during his time at the Nou Camp.

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And with Barcelona’s financial crisis still ongoing, they could cash in on Newcastle’s interest.

Meanwhile, the Magpies could also look to bring in a new manager as pressure mounts on Steve Bruce.

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Italy gaffer Roberto Mancini is already being tipped to take charge at St James’ Park after his Euros triumph.

But SunSport understands Premier League winner and ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not interested in the Newcastle hot seat.

He is instead hoping to attract the attention of a bigger English club after his title-winning exploits with Inter Milan.

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