By Will Butcher
Micky Quinn has picked three Premier League players he wants Newcastle to sign in the summer transfer window following their promotion.
Rafa Benitez watched his side gain promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, going up as champions with a 3-0 victory over Barnsley on Sunday at St. James’ Park.
Speaking to Alan Brazil’s talkSPORT Breakfast Show (Tuesday, 6am), former Toon striker Quinn revealed that he would like his old club to sign Michael Carrick, Joe Hart and Kelechi Iheanacho.
“Sign local lad Michael Carrick, been a class-act for Man United; a real good fit,” Quinn said. “Also, sign Joe Hart in goal. Darlow and Elliot did okay, but they’re lacking a top goalkeeper.
“One striker is Iheanacho from Manchester City. He won’t get in the City side next season, with Aguero – get him on loan.”
Geordie midfielder Carrick is out of contract with Man United in the summer and would be available on a free transfer should he be brought to St. James’ Park.
With five Premier League titles to his name and a massive 476 top-flight appearances, Carrick’s experience could help the Toon in their fight to remain in England’s first division.
England number one Hart is currently on loan with Serie A side Torino from Man City, but is likely to leave in the summer after being ostracised by Pep Guardiola.
Although he is likely to interest a whole host of Premier League clubs in the summer, Quinn has urged his old side to sign the former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper.
Man City boast plenty of attacking talent in the final third, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane currently above Iheanacho.
Starting only 12 of his 45 Premier League appearances, Iheanacho has found the back of the net 12 times and giving him game time with the Toon could bring the best out of the Nigerian.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have also been reportedly ready to make a move for this £250,000-a-week star.