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Newcastle are targeting a Chelsea transfer flight for Blues academy bosses Neil Bath and Jim Fraser in a bid to overhaul the Toon youth system

NEWCASTLE eye a double whammy at Chelsea – for academy bosses Neil Bath and Jim Fraser.

The new toon Regimes have already deposed Dan Ashworth Brighton to become the club’s football director.

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And the bosses of St. James’ Park want to persuade Bath and Fraser to help them overhaul their youth system.

bath, like ChelseaHead of youth development, has run an academy that does more than just produce players for the Blues first-team like Reece James, Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen.

It has also helped Chelsea generate significant sums of money from sales to those who fail the grade.

Key to this success was Fraser, Bath’s assistant and head of youth recruitment.

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Sources claim Newcastle’s interest in the pair is being discussed among agents and academy staff across the Premier League.

Chelsea are considered vulnerable because of the sanctions against the current owner Roman Abramovich prevent the club from signing new deals with existing players and staff, let alone new recruits.

Newcastle haven’t had it all their way with Ashworth.

As it stands, the former Technical Director of the Football Association can only join the club after the summer transfer window.

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Brighton insist he ends his ‘garden leave’ unless Newcastle pays £5million in compensation.

Bath and Fraser’s Chelsea deals are also likely to include lengthy notice periods and it’s unclear how they would take a rapprochement.

But a new challenge and the riches on offer from Newcastle’s Saudi owners convinced Ashworth to move 350 miles and the Premier League’s richest club is ready to invest heavily in all aspects of the deal.

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