Whilst Rangers manager Steven Gerrard being linked to Newcastle United might be dominating the headlines, it’s probably not the most surprising link amid the Toon’s much-publicised takeover.

England and Liverpool legend Stevie G is likely to be linked to every job that comes up down south but given the club’s heady investment plans it’s links to a former Rangers scouting chief which has taken plenty of Gers fans by surprise.

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has been linked with a move to Newcastle after the Geordies were taken over by a Saudi-led investment fund. (Photo by ANDREAS HILLERGREN/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)

Newcastle’s takeover is said to be worth £305m with new owners – the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) – said to have wealth reaching £320bn [Independent].

The purchase is set to usher in an unprecedented era of spending at Newcastle United with the club hoping to challenge at the top end of the Premier League.

And yet the former Rangers head of recruitment – who brought us Niko Kranjcar, Joey Barton and Phillipe Senderos – has been linked with a similar role at St James’ Park [inews].

Newcastle linked to former PSG sporting director as well as ex-Rangers scout

Whilst things never worked out in Glasgow for Frank – McParland, Mark Warburton and Davie Weir left in 2017 in controversial circumstances – the recruitment guru boasts an impressive C.V.

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McParland has had two stints at Liverpool, firstly as chief scout and then as academy director, while he’s also held important positions at Bolton, Watford, Brentford, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.

 

But whilst Rangers fans might’ve been surprised to hear the recruitment coach linked, the latest news suggest Newcastle United could move for an ex-PSG chief instead.

Foot Mercato are claiming that ex-PSG sporting director Pedro Henrique is being targeted by the Magpies’ new owners in a move which is probably more suited to their ambitions.

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Newcastle United fans rejoice after the takeover which saw controversial owner Mike Ashley sell the club. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Henrique, 53, was appointed as sporting director at PSG in 2017 and brought the likes of France star Kylian Mbappe to the Parc des Princes.

This was after he unearthed the likes of Falcao, James Rodriguez, Alex Sandro and Pepe at FC Porto.

For a club looking to eventually challenge at the upper echelons of the European game, Henrique certainly appears the more suitable option but stranger things have certainly happened!

Speaking of the Newcastle United takeover, read why one set of Rangers partners are likely to be rubbing their hands at the announcement of the deal.

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