Ferdinand tells Newcastle to sign Premier League trio including Sterling

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has urged Newcastle United to go after a trio of Premier League stars following their £305million takeover this week – including Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling.

Mike Ashley's 14-year reign of misery was finally ended last week as the Magpies were taken over by the PIF group.

The group, backed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have made the Toon Army the wealthiest side in club football and has left fans salivating at the prospect of finally splashing the cash after over a decade of Ashley's tight regime.

And former United and England star Ferdinand has urged Newcastle to pursue deals for established Premier League stars Sterling, Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard.

"I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable," Ferdinand said when discussing the Toon takeover on his YouTube show Vibe with Five.

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"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.

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"It’s unrealistic until you ask the question. I’d be going out there to get answers from these types of players and then you work your way down your list.

"[Kylian 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.

"And then I’d be wanting to unearth some young talents probably from around the world that you think would be able to mix and blend in to that."

England aces Sterling and Lingard have both struggled for minutes in Manchester this season.

Sterling has been used as a false nine by City boss Pep Guardiola following the £100million arrival of Jack Grealish, whilst Lingard has struggled to get ahead of Manchester United's £73m new boy Jadon Sancho.

Declan Rice remains the lynchpin of a West Ham team that continues to exceed all expectations under David Moyes as they carry on with their thrilling run in the Europa League.

It remains to be seen if any of the trio would be tempted in making the switch to Tyneside, or how easy it would be to prise them away from their current clubs.

But with Newcastle now the wealthiest club in the land, affording them wouldn't be a problem.

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