During the press conference that Steve McClaren held today for the game at Bournemouth tomorrow the second question that was asked was on the January transfer window but Steve laughed and sai there are still a lot of games to play before that and he will address January when we get there.
It´s interesting that the Chronicle is reporting a transfer meeting has been held by the Newcastle Board at St. James´ Park this week as Chief Scout Graham Carr travelled to Newcastle for the meeting with Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren and Bob Moncur.
Graham Carr – at Board meeting earlier this week
The Chronicle report that McClaren made a presentation on which players he wants and how they will help improve the Newcastle side and the two specific positions he is said wants strengthened are center-back and winger.
Another discussion was on the goalkeeper position and whether Newcastle should move in January to get an experienced keeper in through the end of the season, with Tim Krul out for the season.
But we would be surprised if they do that with Rob Elliott playing well, and new boy Karl Darlow available when he´s fit in a week or two.
We do expect Newcastle to make some bold (and maybe expensive) moves in January to reinforce the squad and at the very least we would expect a top center-back and a top striker to be brought in.
Then there´s the decision to be made on whether to bring the free-scoring Adam Armstrong back from his loan spell at Coventry, but we think Steve will let the young striker stay there through the end of the season.
What do you think?