Newcastle United’s newfound wealth has seen the club linked with almost every top footballer who seems even slightly unstable at their current club. Moves for Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah are ridiculous to say the least at this stage of the long-term project which is only beginning to bubble on Tyneside.

However, there are a few realistic names being linked to the rebirth of Newcastle United, such as James Tarkowski and James Ward-Prowse, which would be magnificent signings for the club. The calibre of player Newcastle United can genuinely target and attract has obviously changed in the last week, but who could and should Newcastle be realistically signing in the next couple of transfer windows. Which players would signal ambition, but also building a team for the future?

Aaron Ramsey(Juventus) CM

A name that was linked to Newcastle during what would be Mike Ashley’s last transfer window, but even the most optimistic Newcastle fan could never envision this signing actually happening.

But this is a different Newcastle United now, and I believe Aaron Ramsey could be the marquee signing for the new owners which would signal their intent. Juventus are open to off-load him on the cheap, but his salary demands put many teams off the 30-year-old. The Welshman seems to want a move a back to the Premier League and a new look Newcastle could offer him a route back to England.

Renato Sanches(Lille)CM

A player that seems to have been around forever but is amazingly still only 24 is Renato Sanches. The central defender had a very good European Championship for Portugal, churning in a superb display against the French. His has tasted Premier League football a few seasons ago on loan with Swansea. It was not a great spell for the young Portuguese man and he returned to Bayern Munich the next season. However, he has seemed to have developed into a stronger, ball-holding midfielder since his time with the Swans, which may suggest he would be better equipped to tackle the Premier League a second time out. A loan move to Wolves fell through back in September, but Newcastle should make a move, even on loan, to bulk up an area where the team are weak in at the moment.

Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)RB 

Newcastle United fans know Tariq Lamptey all too way, as he terrorised the Toon defence from right-back in the match with Brighton at St. James’ Park last season. He is only 21 and is seen as one for the future for the England team. Injury has kept him out of the Seagull’s impressive start to the season, but a big money move to secure England’s future right-back would be a sound financial investment for Newcastle’s new owners. Not to mention Newcastle are currently very weak in the right-back department. No disrespect to the lad, but Emil Kraft is not a Premier League player.

Ruben Loftus Cheek (Chelsea)   CM

The English international, who is half-brother to former Newcastle legend Carl Cort, would provide serious stability and strength to Newcastle’s midfield. He is still only 25 and coming into the peak of his career. He has not been able to cement his place in the Chelsea first team squad and it isn’t clear if he appears in Thomas Tuchel’s future plans. Another loan deal beckons, and Newcastle should try and get to the top of the list for his signature.

Wout Weghourst(Wolfsburg)     ST

WoutWeghourst looked destined to become the new Bas Dost in terms of being linked to a transfer to Newcastle over a period of what felt like 10 years. At 29, Weghourst still has a number of years in his playing career left, and 20 goals in the Bundesliga last season is nothing to be sniffed at. At 6’5, he surely has the physique to be successful in the Premier League and could link up well with Wilson and Saint-Maximin. However, with Wolfsburg in the Champions League, it would be hard to pry the Dutchman away from Germany.

Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria)CAM

The young Danish midfielder, who had a breakthrough European Championship, is a part of the young Danish contingent coming through that will see Denmark being a footballing force once again in Europe. At only 21, the boy has technical ability beyond his years and will only get better as the years go on. He is held in high regard at Sampdoria, but a move to the Premier League is definitely on the cards sooner rather than later, and the new look Newcastle should be pushing for his signature.

Eoin McMahon