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Edinson Cavani is a target for Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle United are in talks to sign Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens as the Magpies’ prospective new owners target big name recruits to signal their intent in the north-east.

A Saudi-based consortium are finalising a takeover of the club after an agreement was found with owner Mike Ashley earlier this week.

The new owners will waste little time in putting their imprint on the club and that looks liked bad news for Steve Bruce, who landed his dream job at St James’ Park last summer.

The consortium want to recruit a top manager and have Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri on their shortlist.

Though the pair would not ordinarily consider the Newcastle job, the new owners believe they can pull off a similar move to the one that lured Carlo Ancelotti to Everton.

Mertens’ representatives are in talks with Newcastle (Picture: Getty)

However, it’s felt that in order to do so, the club must show their intent by signing big name players.

Cavani, 33, has proved himself to be one of the most prolific strikers in Europe during his time with Paris Saint-Germain, where he’s bagged 200 goals in 300 appearances.

However, the Argentine is out of favour following Mauro Icardi’s arrival and Newcastle have opened talks with his agent to ascertain if he’d consider a move to the north-east.

Similarly, the Magpies have touched base with Mertens’ representatives and they believe that they have a realistic chance of signing the Belgian.

The takeover is expected to be announced in the coming days and the news has been met with relief by supporters, who are desperate to see the back of Ashley at the club.

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