Newcastle United could move for Manchester City defender John Stones this summer as the club looks to invest in new players following their takeover.

With the new Saudi-led consortium almost in full control of the club, transfer talk is hotting up in the northeast.

And according to the Telegraph, Stones is one of the club’s main targets – if Rafa Benitez takes over as manager.

Benitez is being widely tipped to be offered the job at St James’ Park, even though Steve Bruce has more or less led the club to Premier League safety.

Along with Ross Barkley, it is claimed Benitez wants the Magpies to sign Stones, too. Both players have, as yet, failed to live up to their massive potential at their respective clubs.