It seems that it will depend on whether Newcastle qualify for the knock-out rounds of the Europa League, as to how many new players Newcastle will bring in during the January transfer window, and with Newcastle carrying out very intricate and detailed planning for each window, we have to assume there are two sets of plans for what Newcastle could do in January.
Moussa Sissoko – on Newcastle’s radar screen for January
And that depends on whether we can finish in the top two in Group D of the Europa League and go through to the final 32 and the knockout stages of the competition.
The existence of two sets of plans seems reasonable, but we must be almost odds-on favorites to qualify for the final 32, and a win at home to CS Maritimo next Thursday night, which is Thanksgiving over here in the US, will put us through.
It seems that at the moment Newcastle are keeping their powder dry, and no bids have been tabled for any of our targets, and it also seems there are still some concerns with some club hierarchy about Mathieu Debuchy, who is 27 and right on the edge of the age of players Newcastle like to recruit.
Other players Newcastle have been linked with include Toulouse box to box midfielder Moussa Sissoko, FC Twente center-back Douglas, and Marseilles striker Loic Remy, and the first two have contracts which run out in the summer.
And it’s almost certain that Newcastle will need to bring in another striker, since we only have three experienced ones at the club at the moment, and Shola Ameobi looks to be in the Nigerian squad for the African Cup of Nations in January, after the manager praised him to the heavens after his 30 minute substitute appearance on Wednesday night against Venezuela in Miami.
And Demba Ba’s status is also uncertain, because of that release clause in his contract, which is said to activate again in January – and the circus begins – again.
We’d like to see a striker and two other players recruited in January, but there have been no budget plans given to Alan Pardew yet, because of the (slight) uncertainty of qualifying for the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
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