Guimaraes has lofty Newcastle ambitions

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New signing Bruno Guimaraes knows Newcastle United (8/15 to stay up) are in a battle to retain their Premier League status this season, but he believes Eddie Howe’s (pictured) men can challenge for major European honours in the near future.

Brazil international Guimaraes was one of five new arrivals at St James’ Park during the January transfer window, joining in a reported £35million deal from French club Lyon, as Newcastle flexed their financial muscles in the transfer market following the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of the club in October.

The 24-year-old has joined a club that have won just two of the 21 league matches they have played so far this season and sit 19th in the standings, four points adrift of safety heading into Tuesday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Everton (Newcastle 8/5, Draw 12/5, Everton 7/4 – Match Betting).

Guimaraes is in line to make his debut in that game, and he is under no illusions regarding Newcastle’s current plight, but he is confident they can pull clear of the relegation zone over the coming months.

“This is a club that is going to be a big power in world football,” the midfielder told reporters, as per the BBC.

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“This is an historic club with a great tradition and a beautiful history, I have no doubts about my decision to come to Newcastle

“They (the owners) were very up front and honest about it. They didn’t disguise that the main objective and challenge was remaining in the Premier League this season.”

The former Athletico Paranaense player, who was linked with a transfer to Arsenal prior to signing a four-and-a-half-year deal on Tyneside, certainly has lofty ambitions for his future with Newcastle, revealing that he believes the club can challenge for Champions League glory over the coming years.

“But in the seasons coming, the objective is to be in the Champions League and eventually to win the Champions League,” he added.

Guimaraes is one of three Newcastle players that could make their debuts against Everton, alongside on-loan Aston Villa fullback Matt Targett and former Brighton defender Dan Burn, although the latter is a doubt with a toe issue.

Everton (11/2 to be relegated) could also hand debuts to a trio of players, with Dele Alli, Anwar El Ghazi and Donny van de Beek all hoping to be involved in what will be Frank Lampard’s first league match in charge following his appointment as manager last month.

Lampard led the Toffees to a 4-1 victory over Brentford in the FA Cup on Saturday, but he is now tasked with arresting an alarming league record that has seen the club win just one of their last 14 top-flight matches.

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Author: Paula Allen