Newcastle are now the richest club in football after being taken over by Public Investment Fund (PIF), PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, and now talk is on who they’ll sign to turn things around in the Premier League.

Rio Ferdinand believes Newcastle should try their hand at Raheem Sterling as they can provide him with regular first-team football – something he’s not getting at the Etihad Stadium.

He said on Vibe with Five: “I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable. I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. (He) would be the first on my list, and I’d go all out to go and get them.” Sterling has made 302 appearances in all competitions since joining Manchester City in 2015, scoring 115 goals with 88 assists.

The 26-year-old has two years to run on his deal at the Etihad Stadium and has an uncertain future as he’s no longer commanding a regular starting place under Pep Guardiola. Whether he’d be part of the Newcastle project remains to be seen, however.  

The Magpies are expected to invest heavily in player recruitment when the winter transfer window opens, but who they’ve end up signing is still up in the air. A lot of names will be linked in the coming weeks.

In other news, Ian Rush says under-fire Steve Bruce ‘deserves’ to stay after takeover