Newcastle legend Warren Barton has called on his former club to “strike while the iron is hot” and sign Man City star Raheem Sterling.
The Magpies enjoyed a historic afternoon on Thursday as the North East outfit’s £300 million takeover was completed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year rule at the club.
Newcastle now boasts of the richest owners in world football as the Saudis have an estimated worth of £320 billion.
And Barton, who spent seven years at Tyneside between 1995 and 2002, believes the England international will be the perfect signing for the Sterling club as they begin life under new ownership.
talking to talkSPORT, he said: “You have to strike when the iron is hot, you have to see, [Raheem] Sterling, not happy, not playing at Manchester City, come and join us.
Sterling has started only four games for Man City so far this season, rather than be content with a role as an impact substitute.
Barton also discussed the possibility of another major takeover of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
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The 21-year-old Norwegian’s £65m release clause is set to generate widespread interest in the January and summer transfer window.
And Haaland is a player Barton, who played in black and white for seven years, would love to see at St. James’ Park.
“Halland, I think in the long run he’s aggressive, he scores goals, he’s right up my alley,” he said.
“He’s someone I want, you don’t have to worry about his temperament, you don’t have to worry because of his upbringing with his father, he knows England and philosophy. I love him Am.”
Haaland’s goal-scoring record for Dortmund has been absolutely breathtaking since his departure from RB Salzburg in January 2020.
The young forward has scored an incredible 68 goals in just 67 appearances for the German outfit.
He has scored 12 times in 15 matches for his country, including five in the most recent three World Cup qualifiers.
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