By Frank McAvennie

26th Nov, 2022 | 12:00pm

Newcastle United 'close' to making 'superstar' signing - pundit

Newcastle United are “close” to making a “superstar” signing after their positive start to the season.

That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ January plans.

On 5 November, this site revealed Newcastle have set aside a “huge sum” of money to spend in January.

Newcastle will be third at Christmas after winning their final game before the World Cup break, beating Chelsea 1-0 on 12 November.

McAvennie insists the club will soon make a signing that everyone in the world of football will take notice of.

“Newcastle have done extremely well and it’s all down to the hard work of Eddie Howe,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“Newcastle have also done all of this without signing a proper superstar. After the takeover, they were linked with some of the biggest names on the planet.

“While they have recruited well, there hasn’t really been that massive signing where everyone has stopped to look.

“I do think that signing is close though. Maybe January, maybe next summer after they get into Europe. A proper statement signing.

“They have the money to do it, everyone knows it. So it’s a matter of time rather than if they will, if that makes sense.

Newcastle signed Nick Pope, Sven Botman, Alexander Isak and Matt Targett in the 2022 summer window.

The arrival of Isak broke the club’s transfer record.

In other news, a finance expert has claimed Newcastle United could complete a landmark signing in January as £70million+ news is confirmed.