While the dust hasn’t even settled on the January transfer window, BBC Sport have picked up on a story linking Newcastle with a move for England star, Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Enter: Newcastle 👀
The Magpies have reportedly joined the race to sign Jude Bellingham! #BBCFootball
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 3, 2023
While the story only garnered one line in their daily gossip roundup with a link to Footballtransfers.com, it is still not an idea beyond the realms of possibility.
It may sound a bit too fanciful to be true and even seem too soon into the PIF’s project for it to be real, but Newcastle are on the brink of qualifying for European competition, and that is going to require an influx of players in the summer. Depending on which European competition we ultimately qualify for will likely have a bearing on the type of player we can attract.
Jude Bellingham, as he proved when playing for England in the World Cup, is a world class talent and is courted by several clubs around Europe with there being a strong suggestion he will find his way back to England in the summer with one of the “big six”.
However, it’s Newcastle who are now the biggest threat to that big six, and one way to announce that they mean business would be to go all-out on beating one of those top teams to a player like Jude Bellingham. A record breaking, world class signing to set a signal of intent that we mean business.
Whether Bellingham would see us as a viable candidate yet, given that we’re the new kids on the block when it comes to challenging for silverware is unknown, but you’d like to think that he’s watching the power shift, and if he truly has ambition, there’s no better way to show your worth than backing the “underdog” and showing that you can help them achieve greatness.
If it’s not Bellingham, there will be someone of that kind of statue coming into the club in the summer. We’ve shocked everybody this year and we are well ahead of schedule when it comes to the PIF’s plan, they aren’t going to want to go backwards now so they will sanction big money deals to capitalise on this momentum.