January is always a notoriously difficult window to get good players in, but according to both Lee Charnley and Steve McClaren Newcastle intend to do some business in January, so it will be interesting to see who we can bring into the club.
The Chronicle is reporting today that it probably will be younger players who can be part of the Development squad under Peter Beardsley.
Joel Matip – target in January?
We are still supposed to be looking at 18 year-old Real Sociedad winger David Concha, but he was signed by Real Sociedad manager David Moyes in the summer from Racing Santander on a five year deal, after Santander were relegated.
He is on loan for the season at Numancia, so it doesn’t seem like his club would want to let him go anytime soon – we missed the boat on Concha.
We were interested in Leeds United central midfielder Lewis Cook, although it seems Newcastle were put off by his fee of £8M.
But these youngsters may be worth that much these days, and it seems Newcastle have to continue to thing big, and be (much) more ambitious than we have been over the last few years.
We balked at the £5M MK Dons wanted for Dele Alli in January, and Tottenham came in and bought him for under our noses.
But 19 year-old Alli has already played 3 times for Tottenham with one goal and has now been capped at the England U21 level – and he looks a great young player in the making.
He was certainly worth £5M and the 6’2″ central midfielder is worth a lot more than that now.
Newcastle are said to be scouring Europe for young talent and we will probably sign a few younger players in January, and the club are in contact with agents in Switzerland, Germany and Spain, looking for top young talent.
The other players Newcastle could be after are those whose contracts run out next summer.
Two of those are QPR striker Charlie Austin and Schalke’s 6’4″ center-back Joel Matip, whom we were linked with in the summer.
We still need to bring in a top full-back and a top center-back by the beginning of next season, whether that’s in January or next summer.
If Haidara is injured it’s a good question who plays at left-back with Paul Dummett out injured.
We could try to get both players in for a reduced fee in January, or else get them to sign a pre-contract agreement and have them move in the summer, when they become free agents.
Getting in Austin and Matip in January or next summer would certainly strengthen the squad.
And Newcastle are going after quality rather than quantity, so next summer look for maybe two or three top players being signed, but they could still cost us around £60M.
And Newcastle have to remember money should be plentiful over the next four years, with the new £5.1B Premier League three year deal kicking in next summer, and the amount is up about 70% from the current £3B deal.
Roughly that means that whereas we got around £80M for finishing 10th in the PL two years ago, that amount will be around £136M with the new deal.
Newcastle will have plenty of money to spend in the years ahead, and while we don’t want to waste it like some of the top clubs who seem to be paying out huge fees for seemingly only average to good players – we have to spend big to get the right players in.