Newcastle have a weak spine – which is maybe why we have not shown much back-bone in some of our games this season – and it´s not surprising that Newcastle will want to bring in a dominant center-back, a top striker and a central midfielder in the January transfer window.
And while the Newcastle players have been simply great in the last two games, Newcastle must still go ahead and strengthen in January and not get locked into a false sense of security by a couple of very good performances.
There has been news today about two of our center back targets – Joel Matip of Schalke and Lamine Kone of Lorient.
Lamine Kone of Lorient – Newcastle very interested
Liverpool are said to want to sign Joel Matip to a pre-contract agreement for his transfer next summer.
Also news today that Newcastle are said to be going after Kone – although Sunderland are reported to be close to completing that deal – according to the French press.
Either one of those center-backs would be great at Newcastle – but we´ll have to wait and see if Lee Charnley can get the job done.
A surprise could be if we go after 6´ 7¨ tall Werder Bremen center-back Jannik Vestergaard – the Danish International – and the Chronicle is reporting we still have an interest in Jannick.
As far as a striker is concerned – we have been linked with 26 year-old Charlie Austin of QPR, 22 year-old Saido Berahino of West Brom, 22 year-old Michy Batshuayi of Marseille and former target 24 year-old Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hamburg – among others.
Of those it seems that Batshuayi may be overpriced at £20M, although some big clubs like Tottenham are reported to be interested in him – but it´s doubtful that Marseille will allow him to leave next month.
Newcastle may have a decent chance of signing Berahino, if only because West Brom don´t want to sell to Tottenham because of their hassles and bad feelings between the clubs during the summer – so we may be able to get Berahino to Newcastle.
Saido would be a great signing for us – and if not him we still think Charlie Austin could do a great job for Newcastle.
We haven´t been linked with too many central midfielders – although it seems Steve McClaren wants Swansea´s Jonjo Shelvey – but with Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa now the front-runner to become the new Swansea manager – the last thing he would want is to lose his best player in central midfield.
We have also been linked with Spanish U21 defensive midfielder Victor Camarasa from Levante and maybe it´s a defensive midfielder Newcastle will try to recruit in January, since it´s almost certain that Cheick Tiote will leave us this summer, after a full six years at the club.
Who would you choices be for center-back, striker and central midfield.
And with the news today that Jose Mourinho has been fired by Chelsea just six months after he won the Premier League and also won the League Cup – who would have thought this would happen.
And with all the extra money about to pour into the Premier League it´s only going to get worse with Premier League managers being regularly fired during the season.
Nobody is safe.