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Anthony Martial reportedly joining Newcastle ‘because of the money’, talkSPORT said, as Manchester United outcast urged to stay away from ‘relegated’ Magpies in January


Any international football player who joins Newcastle in January would do so for money, talkSPORT has been told.

A sale to the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund for £ 305million in October 2021 catapulted Newcastle into the ranks of the richest football clubs in the world, but things have not improved on the pitch.

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Mohammed bin Salman who runs the PIF is the richest owner in football

Anthony Martial reportedly joining Newcastle ‘because of the money’, talkSPORT said, as Manchester United outcast urged to stay away from ‘relegated’ Magpies in January

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Eddie Howe hoped to start the revolution on the ground but things haven’t changed much

Much-maligned manager Steve Bruce was sacked weeks after the deal, and despite the arrival of Eddie Howet, results haven’t seen much improvement.

Howe led the Magpies to their first win of the season against Burnley, but the team are still in 19th place in the Premier League table, just above Norwich on goal difference.

The January transfer window gives Newcastle a chance to turn things around, spending money to help move the standings up to safety, but with just ten points after 18 games the picture is getting darker and darker.

One of the many names with which Newcastle has been linked is Manchester United ruled out Anthony Martial who has reportedly told his club he wants to leave.

Anthony Martial reportedly joining Newcastle ‘because of the money’, talkSPORT said, as Manchester United outcast urged to stay away from ‘relegated’ Magpies in January

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An unfortunate Martial asked to leave Man United in January, and Newcastle could be one of the only clubs able to pay his salary

Anthony Martial reportedly joining Newcastle ‘because of the money’, talkSPORT said, as Manchester United outcast urged to stay away from ‘relegated’ Magpies in January

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But a stint at struggling Newcastle would see him far from the France team

But in the eyes of Carlton Palmer, a former England and Magpies player, a player like Martial would sacrifice his place in the France squad for the World Cup by moving to Newcastle, meaning it would only be linked to the ‘silver.

“I would wonder if he went to Newcastle,” Palmer explained on talkSPORT. “I would ask questions of anyone right now who has been to Newcastle.

“No disrespect to Newcastle… listen, I loved playing Newcastle, I think they’re a fantastic football club, but I think they’re down. I think they are relegated.

Anthony Martial reportedly joining Newcastle ‘because of the money’, talkSPORT said, as Manchester United outcast urged to stay away from ‘relegated’ Magpies in January

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Newcastle could still get out of trouble but will have to get a handle on January

“So why would you go there?” The only reason you would go there if you are an international footballer – because you have a World Cup around the corner – the only reason you would go is because of the money is sure. “

Another talkSPORT expert Micky Gray agreed with Palmer and pointed out another issue Newcastle will face in January.

Gray explained: “You could have a player whose agent goes to the club and says ‘I’ll sign for you, but if we’re relegated I want an exit clause’

“That’s the problem Newcastle are going to have, the numbers are not a problem, they can pay whatever they want, but I don’t think players like Martial will want to play in the championship football.”

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