Sky Sports News’ Keith Downie takes a look at Newcastle’s plans for the January transfer window as they battle relegation from the Premier League, including key positions and possible arrivals …
Newcastle will undoubtedly look to join in January but will have to carefully weigh the level of spending with the threat of relegation. The last thing they will want is to be left with a handful of players with huge salaries as they play in the league next season.
Looking at the standings, it will be a huge demand for Newcastle to stay in the top flight this season, regardless of whether they spend a lot in January or not.
Eddie Howe has already stated that the next window will be difficult due to clubs not wanting to part ways with players in January.
But put into the mix that Premier League clubs will most likely not want to do business with Saudi-backed Newcastle and the fact that Covid will likely make managers want to rack up their squad in terms of numbers, and it seems like a task. difficult for new Newcastle owners. They also have the general Financial Fair Play problem to deal with, knowing that a large expense now could cost them in future widows.
It seems unlikely that Jesse Lingard will leave Manchester United for good in January and would still seem to favor a move to West Ham.
Kieran Trippier is at the top of Eddie Howe’s wish list and could hold both full-back positions, where Newcastle are hugely short of options. Salaries would have been high and Trippier would have become the club’s highest earning if they were successful. But he is a player Howe knows well and it would be a declaration of intent to bring to the England international.
Newcastle could benefit from the fact that the defender appears unlikely to make the number of appearances needed to spark a new deal with Atletico, provided they can agree on compensation. But even with only five months left on his contract, the 31-year-old won’t be cheap. There is still a lot of work to be done on this.
Lille’s Sven Botman is another interesting player, but he has suitors across Europe. It would undoubtedly improve Newcastle’s center of defense and be another potential flagship signing. Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, who has obviously worked with Howe before, is another one I see happening.
In addition to bolstering the back four, Newcastle also need an athletic midfielder and forward to take some of the weight off Callum Wilson’s shoulders.
But getting a top striker in this window is next to impossible. I don’t see Newcastle spending a lot of money on a forward until they know they are safe in the top flight.
They will be looking at the loan market for a couple of players, but that too will be tough due to the aforementioned Covid-related issues. If they bring four new players into this notoriously difficult window – a full-back, a central defender, a containment midfielder and a forward – they will have done well.
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