The January transfer window is a short 2 months away, and we expect Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort to take the opportunity to further strengthen and shake up the Newcastle squad.
Obviously Sam will want to press on from his very successful endeavors during the summer to snap up even more good players.
Eidur Gudjohnsen – could the experienced Icelander be on his way in January?
To do this we wouldnâ€™t be surprised if some players actually leave the club and Shola Ameobi is one that has to be in danger of being shipped out. Looks like Derby County are making it known that theyâ€™d like to take him on loan in January. But thatâ€™s hardly a good deal for Newcastle since this season is a decisive one for the 26 year-old and if he cannot make his mark on the team he will be moved on, but not on loan. Players will be moved out if only to make way for new players coming into the squad. If not in January then next summer for sure.
This is what Sam said to the Daily Mirror today about January:
“It’s a difficult period.”
“The January window is something for me to talk about with Chris (Mort), the chairman, and try to plan for that as soon as we can and see what comes about.”
We expect Sam to be bringing in some top youngsters, but players who will immediately be part of the first team squad. We have profiled some of the ones we are said to be after. Youngsters who may have been targeted include Real Madridâ€™s 20 year-old left back Krzysztof Krol, Ajax’s left back 21 year-old Urby Emaluenson and we have already seemingly done a deal with Le Havre for 18 year-old striker Wesley Baheng. Baheng is set to join us in January.
We also expect Barcelonaâ€™s Edmilson to be brought in during early January for a nominal fee from Barcelona and perhaps his team mate Eidur Gudjohnsen. However, Edmilson hinted recently that AC Milan were interested in him during the summer and if Milan come in for him it may be a hard sell for Sam to convince the Brazilian to come to Newcastle.
But weâ€™ll just have to see who else comes in January – but it will definitely be the next step in Newcastleâ€™s rebuilding as a follow-on from the summer. Don’t be surprised if a lot of the actual deals are completed even before January arrives as is the case with Wesley Baheng.
Letâ€™s know who you think Newcastle should get during the January window to strengthen the squad.