Newcastle would usually be linked with a lot more players at this time of year, but since we are second bottom of the Premier League and two of three teams to be relegated next month – the news has generally been muted.
However, there are reports in Portugal that we have been watching 21 year-old Benfica center-back Victor Lindelof, who has broken into the Benfica first team this year and has looked impressive.
Newcastle´s defense has been hopeless for four years and there is now some hope that it will finally be strengthened in the summer, but by then we could well be a second division side in England.
Victor Lindelof – 21 year-old Benfica center-back
We have conceded 254 goals in the last four seasons in the Premier League, but those leading the club haven´t strengthened the defense sufficiently enough – and we are paying heavily for that this season.
The Swedish international made his first team debut back in October 2013, but this year he has played a number of games for Benfica and is attracting interest several clubs.
The 6ft 2ins tall player has played 22 times for the Benfica first team and he can also play in defensive midfield.
This week we were also linked with long term target Lewis Dunk of Brighton, and we were first linked with the center-back over four years ago and he seems one of Graham Carr´s favorites, but whether he would be a good buy for Newcastle is debatable.
Lewis Dunk – Brighton center-back
The 6ft 4ins 24 year-old center-back has been in good form for Chris Hughton´s team this season.
Brighton are now joint top of the Championship with 87 points along with Burnley and Middlesbrough, with just two games to play and their goal difference is within 3 goals of each other.
It couldn´t be much closer than that.
But we would be surprised if Dunk joins the Magpies this summer and Graham Carr´s star has fallen on Tyneside.
The current Chief Scout will have a lot less say on who comes in at the club this summer, whether we stay up or go down.
One reason we could be relegated this season is that the transfers into the club over the last two or three years have been very poor and have not always strengthened the Newcastle side.
That´s one area of the club that will be overhauled in the summer whatever happens in the last three games, and it´s hoped the manager, whoever he is, will have a lot more say on which players are brought in.