Even though results seem to be improving at Newcastle – we got 3 points from the first 8 games and have 13 points from the next 8 games – Newcastle must still invest in the January transfer window.
We would like to see a center-back, left back, central midfielder, winger and striker brought in – but it will be almost impossible to get five quality players in those positions next month.
But there will a chance to bring in players who will become free agents in the summer, when their clubs can get something for them in January and nothing in the summer once their contracts run out.
24 year-old Joel Matip – Schalke center-back
There are three players we would be very happy to see brought in next month – two are Englishmen with good Premier League experience and one is a German League player who should be well suited to the physical Premier League.
Here are the three we are talking about with their approximate transfer fees next month.
24 year-old Joel Matip – center-back – Schalke – £5M – shown above
We were said to be after 24 year-old defender in the summer for about £10M and that fee would be cut in half in January, since he will become a free agent at the end of June.
The 6’4″ Cameroon International would be well suited to the physical football in England.
As well as being a dominant center-back Joel can also play in defensive midfield so we could use him in both those positions.
24 year-old Andros Townsend – – winger – Spurs – £8M
We have been credited with an interest in the England International winger and if the news reports are to be believed we may be close to an £8M permanent deal for Andros in January.
Andros has speed, skill and can both make and score goals and he would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle team.
He is also keen to get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 next summer in France so he would be motivated to do well at Newcastle.
26 year-old Charlie Austin – striker – QPR – £7M
It’s a continuing soap opera with Charlie – now it’s about whether he will or will not be available in the January transfer window, but we think QPR could well cash in on their star striker as they get further away from the playoff positions in the Championship.
Newcastle were strongly linked with Charlie in the summer and if we bid for him we think he would be keen to ply his trade on Tyneside.
QPR were asking £15M for a player who will be a free agent at the end of June and so £7M would seem like a good deal for both parties.
We would expect all three players to immediately go into the first team or at the very least challenge strongly for a first team starting position – which is what we want to see with most of our January acquisitions.
There are three players for £20M and when you consider we brought in four players in the summer for around £52M – these are very good value for Newcastle.
What do you think?