By Michael Brown

9th May, 2020 | 2:18pm

Exclusive: Five Newcastle signings mooted as 21yo deal on the cards, bid already tabled

The prospective new owners at Newcastle United need to bring in “four or five” new signings as a potential deal for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare is on the cards, according to Michael Brown.

The former Leeds and Tottenham star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that a new option in the middle is just one of a handful of players the Magpies need to target.

As revealed by Football Insider, Newcastle are in pole position to sign Soumare, 21, after doing the groundwork for a deal on chief scout Steve Nickson’s recommendation.

The Magpies had a £35million bid for the midfielder accepted during the January transfer window but were turned down by the player as he opted to remain in France.

With the immediate cancellation of Ligue 1 set to leave an estimated joint £175million financial hole in France’s top flight, it is understood clubs are set to cash in on their top stars to cover their losses.

With Newcastle’s potential new owners in a strong position to poach Soumare from Lille in the summer, Brown insists there are a number of other positions which need attention as well.

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Brown told Football Insider: “My answer to if they need another midfielder is yes, they probably would, to take them on then yes, of course they would.

“Would they need another defender, another forward, another wide player? Yes, I think they needs players in all areas at Newcastle United. 

“I think they’ve done excellent in terms of the team ethic and setup that they’ve got but again it comes to personnel, availability, what style, what money, what system, what level are they going to buy?

“One player? They need four or five in this window.” 

Newcastle currently have the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, loanee Nabil Bentaleb and the two Longstaff brothers to call upon in the middle of the park.

Of those, Hayden has played the most this season with 29 appearances across all competitions, while Sean Longstaff sits second with 26 games under his belt.

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