Former Newcastle United star Temuri Ketsbaia has warned the clubs prospective new owners they may have to pay DOUBLE to sign superstar players.

The Magpies are on the verge of being bought by the Saudi Arabian public investment fund, which is being led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and a deal could be confirmed in the coming days.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could soon be the big money backer behind Newcastle

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could soon be the big money backer behind Newcastle

It would see the club have the richest owners of any Premier League side and it appears they mean business too with a number of top players and managers linked.

There has been speculation ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could replace Steve Bruce, while Edinson Cavani and Dries Mertens are potential signings.

But bringing in top talent to St James’ Park won’t be as easy as that, according to their former player, who also has experience as a manager in Cyprus and Greece.

And he believes they could have to pay a big premium in wages to those stars they attempt to land, purely because of the club’s location.

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He told the Sun: “It’s much easier for a club from London.

“If you want the best players, sure they want to earn the big money, but they want to live in London.

“If you want to bring a player to Newcastle, you maybe have to pay him double for his signature.

“This is what the new owners will face. But if you’ve got the money, why not? Sure they could challenge again for the title.”

Temuri Ketsbaia celebrates while playing for Newcastle

Temuri Ketsbaia celebrates while playing for Newcastle

And the Georgian believes the pairing of a historic club and ambitious owners could create the perfect storm on Tyneside.

Ketsbaia, 52, added: “Newcastle is a huge club. They get 50,000 every game they play. It should be easy to build a team, because you need that support.

“If they also now have the money to go with it, it’s a unique situation.

“I loved living in Newcastle. I’m just happy it looks like they’ve finally found someone who’s going to put the money up to get them challenging again.”






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