Newcastle hero Alan Shearer has already made feelings clear on four transfer targets

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Almost every name under the sun has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, since they were taken over by a Saudi Arabian based consortium. A group spearheaded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) purchased the club from previous owner Mike Ashley for around £305m.

However, the overall wealth of the PIF, who hold 80% of the shareholdings at the Magpies, is believed to be around £320billion – more than ten times the wealth of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

Newcastle is now comfortably the richest club in the Premier League, and one of the most lucrative on the planet. Their newly found wealth means they have, seemingly overnight, become one of the most powerful clubs on the planet.

Financial analysts believe Newcastle will be capable of spending £200m over the next three years without attracting the interest of Financial Fair Play. And Alan Shearer has already made his opinions known on many of the players who have been uttered in the same breath as the club in recent weeks.

One player linked with the club is Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Phillip Countinho. His £145m move to the Catalans from Liverpool has been a disaster, and the Brazilian playmaker is one star who has been heavily linked with Coutinho.

Before his move, Shearer was a huge admirer of Coutinho when he was at Anfield.

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“Coutinho leaving is going to dent Liverpool’s top four and Champions League hopes.’ Shearer wrote in The Sun.

“£145 million is a fantastic fee, but I’ll be amazed if they can find a replacement for him this month. It’s a big risk for Jurgen Klopp.”

Another player with an uncertain future who Newcastle have been linked with is Jesse Lingard of Manchester United. If a takeover of this magnitude had been completed two years ago, Lingard probably would not have been mentioned.

However, he turned his career around with a fantastic loan spell at West Ham last season, before opting to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place. After he bagged an impressive brace against Leicester City for the Hammers last season, Shearer heralded Lingard’s performance.

He said: “A stunning performance again, with two more goals. Can anyone stop him?”

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Of course, Shearer has not been impressed with every single player. Newcastle were also reportedly linked with a shock move with former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

The now Fenerbahce maestro was regularly criticised by Shearer during the later stages of his time at Arsenal, where he had a falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.

‘It was a huge mistake to give Mesut Ozil that salary. He can’t even get into the team when they’re going to Brighton,” Shearer said to the BBC per the Metro.

“It’s one thing at Manchester City, but when you’re going to Brighton and you know you’ve got to be creative, he can’t even get in the team.

“And it’s not only this manager that hasn’t picked him.”

Another huge name rumoured to be on the Magpies’ transfer shopping list is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

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Alli exploded onto the scene with Spurs in his first couple of seasons with the club.

There were times he was compared with former Newcastle and England hero Paul Gascoigne; however, his progress and form seem to have stagnated in recent seasons.

And Shearer has also believed Alli has plateaued over the last few seasons.

“He was the face of a new breed of young England players that were threatening to stand alongside their foreign counterparts in the Premier League,” Shearer wrote in his column for the Sun.

“Dele was proving good young English talent can make its way to the top,” Shearer wrote in his column for the Sun.

“Unfortunately, the player seems to be now resting on the laurels of that praise and the exposure that came with his good form. It is very easy when you are a young player to get carried away with all the adulation.”

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