If reports are true, Alan Pardew is set to be given a huge £60m transfer kitty to overhaul his Newcastle United squad this summer.

The Magpies endured a torrid run of form in 2014 and finished the season in 10th place, but if reports in the Telegraph are true, owner Mike Ashley is prepared to stick with Pardew and give him money to spend.

Up to nine players could be on their way out of St James’ Park as Pardew eyes a totally new-look squad for next season, including Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Steven Taylor.

Interest from foreign clubs also surrounds Mathieu Debuchy, Tim Krul and Davide Santon, meaning Newcastle’s starting line-up on the opening day of the 2014/15 season could be radically different from the one that finished the last campaign with disappointment.

The Geordies are already being linked with new names as Pardew searches for new talent. The latest to be mooted is Germany under-21 defender Antonio Rudiger, a promising centre-back from Stuttgart who could be on the move this summer.

Moves could also materialise for the likes of Remy Cabella, Bafetimbi Gomis, Clement Grenier and a host of others.

News of the transfer budget certainly confirms that Ashley is set to stick with Pardew for at least another season, despite the former West Ham manager’s stock falling over the course of a disappointing 2013/14 campaign.