'Great first signing' - Exclusive: Bent reacts as Newcastle plot £30m bid for PL ace

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn would be a “great first signing” for Newcastle United if the proposed takeover goes through, according to Darren Bent.

The former Villa and England striker, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 25-year-old may be available for a decent price if his old side are relegated this season.

Sky Sports report that a consortium made up of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund, fronted by financier Amanda Staveley, are in the final stages of ending Mike Ashley’s reign as owner of Newcastle.

The Daily Star claim that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who signed McGinn for Villa, is keen on reuniting with his former star this summer and is planning a £30million bid if the Villans go down.

Bent believes signing the Scotland international would be a great start to life under new owners and that he hopes to see more exciting signings on Tyneside.

Bent told Football Insider: “If you can go and get someone like a John McGinn, I don’t think the price would be that high if Villa were to go down.

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“I don’t think the price would be crazy high so that would be a great first signing. It’s really exciting times.

“I was at Spurs when the whole Manchester City takeover happened and the first signing they rolled out was Robinho. I was like ‘Woah’ and we look at Manchester City and where they are now.

“I think it would be brilliant if Newcastle can go and get some of these top players and go and start competing again.” 

McGinn has emerged as a standout player for Villa since his move back in 2018, with 65 appearances under his belt this season.

He has played 18 Premier League games so far, a broken ankle keeping him out of action since December.

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have been tipped to be in touch with agents over some big signings this summer.