Manchester City are reportedly set to offload up to five English players this summer – and Newcastle should be interested in them all.

Joleon Lescott, Gareth Barry, Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair have all been told to start looking for new clubs after City clinched their second Premier League title in three years earlier this month.

Barry and Lescott are out of contract, while Manuel Pellegrini has seemingly ran out of patience with injury-prone Rodwell and Richards. Sinclair spent last season on loan at West Brom (no seriously, he did) but only made six appearances due to numerous injuries.

Newcastle have regularly been criticised for not having enough English talent in their ranks and with five players who have all been involved in the England team at some point in their careers being shipped out, it could be time to swoop for some new talent.

Getting all five is obviously beyond serious reality but any one of the quintet could improve the Magpies heading into next season.

Rodwell in particular could be a shrewd signing if he stayed injury free. The former Everton man is on the fringes of the England team when he’s playing regularly – something he would do at St James’ Park forbidding injury.

Sinclair is another who could add threat to a Newcastle team that has lacked goals of late. Whilst at Swansea, the 25-year-old scored freely from a wide position and could do the same in Newcastle’s team. Yoan Gouffran began the season well – scoring six goals before Christmas – but tailed off badly in the second half of the campaign and the Magpies had no threat from the other flank – despite Moussa Sissoko’s best efforts.

Lescott and Barry are both out of contract and would not cost a transfer fee but their wages may put off Mike Ashley and the powers that be at United. Barry may also fancy a permanent move to Everton, where he impressed in Roberto Martinez’s midfield. Lescott would be a good signing though, as he could bring experience to the Newcastle back four alongside Fabricio Coloccini. The 30-year-old also has England ambitions too, so would fancy the chance of regular football.

Richards has regularly been linked with a move to the North-East over the last year but sources inside the club have insisted that the England man is not on their list of priorities, making a move for the right-back unlikely. That may change if bids arrive for Mathieu Debuchy, with Roma interested in the Frenchman’s services.

Whether Newcastle make moves for any of these players it remains to be seen but they are certainly the kind of calibre that could make the Magpies a genuine challenger for a European place next season.

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