By Gabriel Agbonlahor

9th Nov, 2022 | 6:05am

Agbonlahor: Newcastle United tipped to sign Sean Longstaff 'upgrade' after source's 'huge' reveal

Newcastle United should try and sign an upgrade on Sean Longstaff in January, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker admitted Newcastle are genuine top four contenders even if they do not strengthen the squad in January.

Sources told Football Insider at the weekend (5 November) that the club have set aside “huge funds” for a box-office January signing.

Eddie Howe’s side are now third in the Premier League and will go into the break for the World Cup in the top four regardless of their result against Chelsea on Sunday (13 November).

“I just feel that if Newcastle can sign a couple of players, maybe a centre-midfielder to go along with Guimaraes, someone else in there with him,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“At the moment, they play Longstaff and he’s done OK but they can upgrade him.

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“They are not far off it already. Maybe a number 10 if they are being greedy.

“You’ve got Saint-Maximin who has been fit for two games and he can’t get a start, you’ve got Isak to come back and challenge Callum Wilson, Almiron is in the form of his life and Willock is doing well.

“Willock starts ahead of Saint-Maximin in the next game. They are doing so well that he won’t just bring Saint-Maximin back in.

“Newcastle have got players fighting for places and their defence is super strong.

“They are top four material at the moment. They are playing with so much confidence.

“With the players that are there now, the owners are so wealthy, Willock, Wilson and all these players will be thinking ‘I could nick another contract here and get good money’.

“There’s no reason why they can’t finish in the top four. Apart from Arsenal and Man City, everyone else is winning and losing games and can’t find their form.

“They’ve beaten Spurs who you would say are their rivals for the top four.

“Anything can happen. If I’m Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man United, I’m worried about Newcastle.”

In other news, Newcastle United have been told to U-turn on Miguel Almiron after a source reveals a “£60million” deal.