Juventus Midfielder On £400,000-A-Week Being Targeted As Newcastle United’s First Signing
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Newcastle United want to bring in out-of-favour Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey to St James' Park as their first signing under the new Saudi-led regime.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato reports that Juve are desperate to get the Welshman's sky-high £400,000-a-week wages off their books, with Ramsey keen on a return to the Premier League.
The takeover of Newcastle was completed last Thursday and the new owners have a long-term aim of propelling the club to the Premier League title.
A host of big-name players have since been linked with a move to Tyneside, and former Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor believes that a player like Ramsey could make a big impact at St James' Park. He also touted Phillipe Coutinho as another possible addition to the Magpies' squad.
"I'd go and get Ramsey or someone like that," he told talkSPORT.
"He's still a good player and it isn't working for him at Juventus at the moment.
"I'd target those kinds of players where you don't have to pay them silly money.
"I'd take Coutinho, too, because we were talking about the Man City takeover and they had Robinho come in.
"Coutinho's not really playing his football properly at Barcelona, and Barcelona will take anything - they still owe Liverpool for him, don't they?"
Newcastle's newly-found wealth has been met with huge uproar from the other 19 Premier League clubs, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool even lobbying to prevent the deal from going ahead in the first instance.
It is little wonder, considering that Newcastle's wealth is now estimated to be in the region of £320billion - more than the other 19 Premier League clubs combined.
But the club is still in the midst of a relegation battle and turn their attention to the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to St James' Park on Saturday.
The Magpies then travel to Crystal Palace six days later, before concluding October with a home clash against title-chasing Chelsea.
Topics: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Juventus, Aaron Ramsey, Newcastle United