From what Alan Pardew has been saying over these last couple of weeks, it seems that Newcastle have honed in on the players they will try to sign in January, and would you believe it, the player who seems to be near the the top of the list seems to be French international right back Mathieu Debuchy, whom Newcastle were very close to signing in the summer.
Mathieu Debuchy - will he finally arrive in January?
And we think that when Newcastle look over what happened in the summer, when we brought in only one senior player – Vurnon Anita – they will conclude that in some cases to get a player, they may have to pay a little bit more than they think the player is worth.
They wouldn’t do that in the summer for Mathieu Debuchy and a few other targets, and we ended up with only Vurnon coming through the door, and we think (we hope) they will have learned from that.
And with Newcastle in 14th place in the league table we have to hope that the Newcastle Board will bring in at least three new players in January, and possibly even more if Demba Ba leaves us via the release clause in his contract, and Shola Ameobi goes off to South Africa with Cheick Tiote – to play in the African Cup of Nations.
The plight of Newcastle can be summed up by having only 4 wins and 14 points in our first 15 games in the league, whereas last season after 15 games we had 7 wins and 27 points, although we were going through a poor spell a year ago at this time, getting only two points from our previous five games.
While Debuchy will most likely arrive in January, Newcastle have also been watching Blackpool’s Thomas Ince, but the price that’s being quoted for Paul Ince’s son of around £8M, would be too much for the Magpies, and some other big clubs – like Liverpool – are also keen on the young winger.
And with Steven Taylor out injured again, we need another top center-back to come through the door, and while Douglas would be a cheap buy with only seven months left on his contract at FC Twente, Newcastle may bring in somebody younger than the 24 year-old Brazilian.
Who do you think Newcastle should sign in January?
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