Former Arsenal striker believes Aston Villa star would excel at Newcastle United

The Magpies are one of several clubs to be linked with a move for the Brazil international.

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell believes Newcastle United should make a move for Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz.

The Magpies have already been active in the summer transfer window with Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, Villa left-back Matt Targett and Lille centre-back Sven Botman all completing moves to Tyneside.

Up to three more additions are expected to be made before the window closes on the first day of September as Eddie Howe looks to continue building on the momentum gained during an impressive second half to last season.

A winger and a striker are believed to be the priority for the Magpies recruitment team but there have been several links with midfielders in the Premier League and around Europe.

Potential moves for the likes of Leicester City star Youri Tielemans, free agent Christian Eriksen and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have been mentioned in various sections of the media over the last two weeks.

But former Premier League striker Campbell insisted Luiz would be the ideal fit to work alongside Brazil team-mate Bruno Guimaraes in the heart of the United side.

He told Football Insider: “He (Luiz) is a strong player and is somebody who is young but Premier League proven.

“It is about the squad though. Newcastle are looking to be that team who step up and challenge for European spots etc. If you are going to be that team you need a squad. They have not had the squad.

“There was a real lack of investment previously. They have got the new ownership now and Eddie Howe, who has done a brilliant job so far.

“Douglas Luiz is a player who could really go up there and excel. He is one of those guys who is a seven out of 10 every week.

“He’d be a great option alongside Guimaraes.”

The likes of Arsenal and Serie A clubs Roma and Juventus have all been linked with a move for Luiz as he enters the final 12 months of his current deal at Villa.