Darren Bent has suggested that Newcastle United could tempt Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha to St James’ Park if the prospective takeover goes through.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a big-money contract offer could secure the services of the 27-year-old this summer.

As reported by Sky Sports, PCP Capital Partners are closing in on securing a takeover after exchanging contracts and paying a £17million deposit to current owner Mike Ashley.

The Guardian report that Zaha is on £130,000-a-week wages and stated last August Palace would accept no less than £100million for his signing.

Bent believes a lot of footballers have got the wrong idea about living in the north east but suggests that substantial contract offers will tempt top talent to Tyneside.

Bent told Football Insider: “I know a lot of guys think Newcastle is so far north but it’s an excellent place to live. Great place, nice restaurants, lively nightlife, it’s bubbly and it’s passionate.

“If they can go and get someone like Wilfried Zaha, that would be tempting. Money talks, we know that. He’s on what, £100,000-a-week now? If Newcastle offer him more, you’re not asking him to move to Mars!”

A graduate of Palace’s youth system, Zaha returned to Selhurst Park back in 2015 after two years with Manchester United.

He has played a total of 353 times for the Eagles since breaking into the first team, scoring 56 goals and setting up a further 70 assists.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson claims just two first-team stars are safe from being axed this summer if new owners come in.