Sam Allardyce has revealed how he would spend £200million as manager of Newcastle.
The 67-year-old bossed the Magpies for eight months during the 2006-07 season, but was afforded nowhere near the same sort of transfer kitty that awaits Eddie Howe in January and beyond.
Newcastle are in dire need of reinforcements if they want to avoid relegation from the Premier League – and Allardyce knows who he would sign to get them out of their current predicament.
Speaking to SPORTbible, the one-time England manager prioritised defensive additions, starting with the £95million capture of Declan Rice from another one of his former clubs in West Ham.
"He would be key at Newcastle," gushed Allardyce. "He's a two in one player. He can play centre midfielder but can slot in at centre-half as well. He's an outstanding midfield player.
"He not only creates and assists but also brings huge qualities in terms of the defensive side of things. If you're struggling in defence, and have injuries at centre-back, he easily slots into that position."
Rice isn't the only West Ham star who Allardyce would sign either. He'd also raid his old club for centre-half Kurt Zouma – at a cost of £33.5million after 50 league appearances.
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Allardyce's teams are famed for their no-nonsense leaders, so it's perhaps no surprise that he would also return to Goodison Park for veteran defender Seamus Coleman.
"He means so much to a dressing room," Allardyce continued, explaining his decision to pay £18.5million for the Irishman's services. "He would hold it together and speak his mind, as well as bring enthusiasm and quality to the pitch.
"It's not just what he brings as a player, but what he'd bring to unite the team. He's not frightened of telling the lads that they might not be doing their job correctly either."
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is another man earmarked for the Allardyce revolution, and at a cost of just £6.75million, his acquisition would leave plenty of room for two top strikers.
Big Sam freely admitted his desire to sign Harry Kane, but with the Tottenham man a near-impossible target, he settled for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Divock Origi instead.
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The veteran boss reserved special praise for the Everton forward, saying: "I think he is arguably the best header of a ball from crosses in the box and that's a dying art.
"We don't see those types of goals on a regular basis anymore and there's nothing that thrills the fans more than a quality cross and a centre-forward coming in and heading it into the back of the net. It's a great sight to be seen."
That's how Allardyce would choose to spend the enormous transfer kitty that awaits Eddie Howe in the next two transfer windows; but it remains to be seen who the new boss will sign in January.
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