NEWCASTLE could turn to Frank Lampard to lead them into a new era following their £300million takeover.
Steve Bruce is set to be sacked in the coming days and is clinging to his job following talks with part-owner Amanda Staveley.
But former Chelsea and Derby boss Lampard is a leading contender for the job, as revealed by SunSport earlier this week.
And should the Stamford Bridge legend take over the reins, he could bring a few familiar faces with him.
Newcastle will be able to spend up to £200m in January without breaching FFP rules, according to reports.
While the Toon are likely spend considerably less – estimated at around £30m – that number could increase should the right targets become available and if Newcastle slip deeper into a relegation battle.
Newcastle have already been linked with dozens of big names, including FIVE Serie A stars and four Manchester United outcasts.
But Lampard could start by looking to two old Chelsea stars – Christian Pulisic and Fikayo Tomori.
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Pulisic, 23, has shown glimpses of his undoubted potential at the Blues, but has been scuppered by injury and competition for places.
The USA star could line up on the right flank, with fan-favourite Allan Saint-Maximin on the other in a dazzling wing duo under Lampard.
Meanwhile, Tomori has rediscovered his top form since quitting Stamford Bridge and joining AC Milan.
The centre-back, 23, has even worked his way back into the England fold, coming off the bench in the 5-0 drubbing of Andorra last week.
With Burnley's James Tarkowski hotly-linked with a move to the north-east, Newcastle could boast a strong centre-back pairing come January.
However, Lampard might find it hard to get his hands on Tomori, with the defender only joining Milan permanently in the summer and a host of European giants scrambling to sign him amid his hot run of form.
Perhaps rather optimistically, the Toon have also been linked with Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt.
Eric Bailly and Stefan de Vrij have also been mentioned as potential transfer targets in 2022.
Serie A stars Aaron Ramsey, Franck Kessie, Marcelo Brozovic and Federico Chiesa are also rumoured to be on the Magpies' watchlist.
In attack, Arsenal outcast Alexandre Lacazette is an intriguing option, alongside United ace Anthony Martial, with Jesse Lingard also in the mix.
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