Darren Bent believes that Newcastle United will be looking at a “higher echelon” of player than Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard if a takeover is finalised.

The former Sunderland and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, believes the Magpies’ transfer plans will be completely different under new ownership with deeper pockets than Mike Ashley.

BBC Sport report that documents state the Sports Direct supremo has entered a charge agreement with Amanda Staveley, who is fronting a £300million bid supported by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and the Reuben Brothers.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Magpies have identified Celtic hitman Edouard as a prime transfer target this summer and the prospective new owners will have the cash to splash to secure his capture.

However, Bent believes a takeover would completely change the club’s transfer plans, suggesting they will aspire to bring in bigger names than the Frenchman.

Asked what new owners on Tyneside could mean for Edouard, Bent told Football Insider: “They might even be looking a bit higher, do you know what I mean? 

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“I can understand being linked with these players now but if they go and inject so much amount of money on players then all of a sudden you might be shopping in different markets.

“Not only that but when you’ve got the wages that you’re able to pay, you’re going to get an even higher echelon of players going: ‘Newcastle’s a big club, 52,000 fans every week and it’s a great place to live.’ I lived there myself when I was up there.

“It’s one of the best-kept secrets, it seems miles away from anything but it’s fantastic, I loved it up there. I think the whole dynamics of the football club, transfers, everything, will change.”  

Edouard has been a star performer in Scotland since joining from PSG with 60 goals in 126 appearances.

While the 22-year-old has netted 21 Premiership goals this season, Newcastle’s strikers, who include record signing, Joelinton, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto, have just one Premier League goal between them.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the door has opened for the Hoops to pull off a big-name signing for a bargain price.