Jonjo Shelvey has told The Beautiful Game podcast that Kalidou Koulibaly and Philippe Coutinho would be excellent signings for Newcastle United – and joked himself that he was packing his suitcase.

Newcastle are reportedly close to announcing a takeover this month that would see Mike Ashley’s 13-year tenure come to an end, and that has seen an enormous number of big-name players linked with a move to Tyneside.

Italian outlet Area Napoli claim Newcastle have made contact with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, and are willing to outbid Real Madrid for Koulibaly. Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, claim Coutinho is of interest to Newcastle.