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Newcastle United: O’Rourke claims UCL football would boost ‘profile’ of signings

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Journalist, Pete O’Rourke has said he can see ‘no reason why’ Newcastle United can’t be in the market for high-profile players.

Speaking exclusively to This Is Futbol, he believes that if they can secure Champions League, the Magpies could sign players on the level of Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo.

Since the club’s takeover in October of last year, they’ve spent some big money in the past two transfer windows. They’ve signed the likes of Bruno Guimaraes (£40 million), Sven Botman (£35 million) and Alexander Isak (£63 million). Plenty of Magpies fans will hope the big spending will continue to spend money in the January.

When asked if they can go in for players of Rice’s and Caicedo’s calibre, O’Rourke stated, “Their finances are there to improve the squad. The way Newcastle going this season, if they can offer Champions League Football next season, I’m sure they’ll just increase the profile of the potential transfer targets in the future as well. So I can see no reason why Newcastle shouldn’t be in the market for these types of signings.”

TIF’s view on O’Rourke’s comments…

We believe that securing Champions League football is a massive game-changer when it comes to Newcastle’s transfer business.

The Magpies are currently third in the league with 30 points. In addition, they boast the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League, along with Arsenal, who sit at the summit of the table.

There’s still the second-half of the campaign to go, but it’s a position that a number of Newcastle fans wouldn’t have expected at this point in the season.

We’ve not seen the Toon in the Champions League since the 2002/03 season, their group consisted of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool are both Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo, per GiveMeSport. Perhaps once the season reaches its conclusion, perhaps Newcastle will register their interest if Champions League football is secured.

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