Newcastle United’s new owners are determined to try and secure a deal to lure Eden Hazard from Real Madrid in January.
That’s according to Sport, who say the Belgian is the Magpies’ ‘main target’ as they look to splash the cash during the winter window.
They say that the Saudi Public Investment Fund want to strengthen the Newcastle squad in January and have ‘set their sights’ on Hazard as a frontline reinforcement to ‘revive the team’.
Newcastle are said to believe Hazard is a ‘galactic’ level player who would boost their chances of avoiding relegations and the new owners have plenty of cash with which to tempt Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants ‘will not object’ to a transfer if the offer for Hazard convinces them and Newcastle’s new owners are ‘optimistic’ they can do a deal.
Indeed, Madrid will open the door ‘wide’ if the offer is convincing enough as they’d be happy to see Hazard’s wages, which are the highest in the squad alongside Gareth Bale, off the books.
There is no mention of what figure Madrid would be looking for, although it will undoubtedly be much lower than the £103.5m they paid to sign him from Chelsea in 2019.
Whatever the figure, it seems Newcastle are willing to pay to get their man and make Hazard the first big signing of their new era.