The Journal is reporting today they think the influx of players at the club in January has now ended – but Newcastle still have a few targets they may try to get into the club this month, rather than wait for the summer.
Jack Butland – coming to Newcastle?
One of those potential targets is 19 year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland of Birmingham, and the Midlands club wants to sell their England International this month – to get much needed funds into the Birmingham coffers.
Butland’s price has been reduced, and he could now be acquired for around £3.5M, and that seems a decent price for one of the best goalkeeper prospects to arrive on the England scene for some time – although Jack is still learning his trade.
And it would be good, if a little unusual to sign an Englishman for a change.
Another potential target is still another 19 year-old – Bastia’s Florian Thauvin – with Newcastle having a £2.5M bid turned down by his club, and maybe Newcastle will go back in with an improved offer, knowing that he also an Arsenal target.
Florian would then be loaned back to Bastia for the rest of that season, and the same goes for Jack Butland – who would be allowed to play for Birmingham through the end of the seasons – before joining Newcastle in pre-season – if we sign him this month.
If we don’t get these two in this month – they will be targets in the summer – but Newcastle will move if they need to this month – to ensure they become Newcastle players – if that is necessary.
But the reports that we may be after strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Wilfried Bony or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been dismissed by the club – and that will come as a disappointment to Newcastle fans.
So we suppose another top striker will be a major target in the summer – as it was last summer, when we missed out on Luuk de Jong – who is now struggling a bit at Borussia Monchengladbach.
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