By Noel Whelan

10th Oct, 2021 | 10:00am

Newcastle could make 'staggering' Haaland move after £190m January reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Newcastle should look to sign a marquee striker if they can avoid “paying over the odds” in January.

The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a summer spending spree could be more sensible for the Magpies.

As reported by the Telegraph yesterday (October 8th), Newcastle’s new hierarchy could spend in excess of £190million in the January transfer window before breaching financial fair play regulations.

A Saudi-backed consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley completed a £305million takeover of Newcastle on Thursday.

The buyout means the Magpies’ Middle Eastern owners are now the richest in world football.

They have an estimated worth of £320billion.

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Whelan suggested a move for Erling Braut Haaland would be a “statement of intent” but conceded it would likely be a “drawn-out” process.

“They need a number nine,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“There aren’t many clubs who could afford a player like Haaland, with his staggering wage demands, but Newcastle could.

“That would be a real statement of intent, but that will be a drawn-out saga.

“Right now we don’t know who they are going to get hold of, and that’s the exciting part of this takeover.

“They’ll have to pay over the odds to prise players away in January.

“Newcastle will have more options to spend in the market in the summer when they are safe in the Premier League.

“January is a difficult window at the best of times, even for the clubs challenging up towards the top of the table.

“You want players for longevity, they have to go about this tactfully – you don’t want to be wasting money.”

Newcastle have struggled for form at the start of this term.

They languish in the Premier League’s bottom three, having picked up just three points from seven games.

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