Newcastle United will need to ensure that sufficient reinforcements are brought in next month so that the team can compete effectively during the second half of the season and still be a Premier League club in May.
At the moment with the team is third from bottom of the Premier League that’s by no means a certainty, especially after our flirtation with relegation last May.
Jonjo Shelvey – could be available in January for the right offer
But there could be some good news for Newcastle that Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins – who is till trying to appoint a manager to replace the sacked Garry Monk – could be willing to listen to offers for central midfield star Jonjo Shelvey in January, according to reports in south Wales.
It looks like Alan Curtis will remain in temporary charge of the side over the next couple of games and we suppose whether Jonjo Shelvey is made available to some extent will be dependent on who the new manager becomes – and whether he will want to lose the central midfielder.
Recent managers linked with the Swansea job include former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre.
Not many well run clubs – and Swansea are a well-run club – agree to let their best players leave in January, but there may be a chance Newcastle can get Shelvey – the former Charlton and Liverpool player – for around £5M.
With Swansea getting 4 points and two clean sheets from their last two games against West Ham and West Brom – they have now moved above Newcastle in the league table and may not be willing to sell their star player to another team fighting against relegation.
Former Newcastle target Bafe Gomis is also being reported in south Wales as wanting to move on next month, but the 30 year-old won’t be coming to Newcastle.