Amid transfer rumors linking Newcastle with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Rio Ferdinand revealed who the club’s new owners should really target.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, and Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard are players Newcastle United should focus their efforts on, says Rio Ferdinand.
The Manchester United legend rates Newcastle’s chances of signing Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain as next to nil; describing the reports as nothing more than ‘dreamland’.
He instead believes the Magpies’ new billionaire owners should focus on signing fringe players from the big Premier League clubs.
“I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable,” said Ferdinand on his YouTube channel.
“I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly. I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, ‘What’s going on?’
“Them two would be the first two on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them. And then I’d be trying to get people like Jesse Lingard, who’s in and around the Man United squad.”
“[Mbappe] is just dreamland, but there’s people that would be on the periphery of the Man United squad, the Chelsea squad, the City squad. I’d be looking at players like that, I’d be all over those types of players.”
Ferdinand also suggested Newcastle could even target two young English players in Norwich City full-back Max Aarons and Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, who is on loan from Chelsea.