With Director of Football Joe Kinnear failing to bring anybody to the club other than Loic Remy on loan in the summer, you would hope that Joe has been doing his job and scouting a few players to go after in January.
Gabby Obertan – loan move in January?
Newcastle need another striker and a winger, and we may also see Newcastle trying to bring in a center-back, although that may have to wait until the summer, if nobody suitable is available in January.
We could see some players leave the club in January, either on loan or permanently and two of those are Marveaux or Obertan, both of whom have been struggling on the fringes of the Newcastle first team, and Gabby has said he may want to go out on loan if he doesn’t get more playing time through January.
Newcastle shouldn’t want to lose many of our players in January, but simply bring two or three in to fortify the squad, and not much business is usually done in January, with clubs in mid-season and not wanting to lose players.
But of course Newcastle last January turned all that upside down, when we brought in five quality Frenchmen to try to save us from relegation, and they are all now improving and doing well at Newcastle.
We’ll have to see how Papiss Cisse does through the rest of the season, but if he remains in a slump we could see him even moved out next summer, but as far as January goes the best chances of two players moving out are Obertan and Marveaux.
We need a striker and a winger, and we’ve been linked with Bafe Gomis of Lyon and Ola Toivonen of PSV, both of whom have contracts that run out next summer.
Newcastle have also been interested in 24 year-old Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason.
We’ve been linked with two wingers, Tom Ince of Blackpool, whose contract runs out in the summer, and Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha on loan.
We’d be happy with Tom Once and any one of those three strikers, with maybe the preference being for Finnbogason.
Of course some clubs may come in for players we don’t want to lose, like Yohan Cabaye as one example, and if we lose a player like Yohan, we have to hope Joe Kinnear brings in a replacement.
And there’s an emphasis on hope there.