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Newcastle look to further cement place in top four by spending £150 million this summer

Newcastle will look to cement their position in the Premier League’s top four by handing Eddie Howe around £150m to improve his squad this summer.

The Magpies are third in the Premier League table on course to secure Champions League qualification for next season, with Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of top four rivals Tottenham leaving them five points clear of fifth-placed Aston Villa with two games in hand.

 

Newcastle are understood to be preparing for next season in Europe’s elite competition and will hand Howe considerable funds to bolster his squad.

The Sun are reporting that up to £150m will be made available for new signings, with a defensive midfielder and left-back at the top of the club’s list of priorities.

Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney has been linked with filling the latter role after losing his place to Oleksandr Zinchenko at the Emirates. Tierney has started just five times in the Premier League this season and could be open to the move in search of more regular first-team football.

The arrival of a natural defensive midfielder would allow Bruno Guimaraes to move further up the pitch, while Newcastle have also been linked with adding to their wide attacking options and at centre-back.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby is understood to be a long-term target for the Magpies, while Newcastle saw several bids for James Maddison turned down last summer.

Howe could renew his interest in the Leicester midfielder at the end of the season, as the England international enters the last 12 months of his deal at the King Power Stadium. Maddison’s price-tag could also drop if Leicester are relegated this season. The Foxes are currently one point above the Premier League’s relegation places.

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