The goal right now for January – given Newcastle’s precarious position in the Premier League already – has to be to try to get up to four players brought in either permanently or on loan and they could come from all over the place.
Graham Carr – scouring Europe
There will be reports through the end of this year of Newcastle looking at players and we have to think Graham Carr already has a remit to line up players to bring in at the start of next year.
Strengthening the squad will give us the best chance of survival but how many points we will have by January is anybody’s guess.
How many thought we would have just three points after eight games – and be out of the League Cup by early October?
We expect Newcastle to try to bring in striker Charlie Austin from QPR and center back Joel Matip from Schalke in Germany – and both players have contracts that run out next June.
Newcastle will also be looking to strengthen the full back positions with a top left back being the major target.
There’s also news that Newcastle are keen on bringing in top 20 year-old forward Sandro Ramirez of Barcelona on loan.
The club brought in five players – all from France – in 2013 when we also struggling with relegation and failed to get a sixth when striker Loic Remy – then at Marseille – preferred to join QPR instead of Newcastle – because he got a better financial deal there.
Graham Carr and his scouting staff will be very busy lining up players for January in an attempt to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
And just like in 2013 Newcastle will have to pay over the odds to get their targets through the door.
But when you think it could keep us in the Premier League it will be worth it.