These Are The Two Positions Targeted For January

The Northern Echo are reporting today that Newcastle will go after an attacking midfielder and a winger next month when the January transfer window opens up.

It certainly seems like a winger is a definite target with Rafa hinting as much last week and we are short of creativity in the middle of the park – so a creative central midfielder also seems to make a lot of sense.

With Jonjo Shelvey having had his hearing with the FA yesterday in Birmingham, the verdict on his FA misconduct charge will come out soon – probably today at some point.

Daryl Horgan of Dundalk is a target

We’ll hope for the best, but the chances are not good that Jonjo will avoid a five match ban.

The top priority seems to be a winger and Newcastle have scouted players like Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan and Angers’ Nicolas Pepe this season.

In terms of the central midfield position Newcastle almost signed Brentford’s Alan Judge in late August, but they held off when it was clear Judge would not be fit before January.

Alan is now in training, but we’d still be surprised if Newcastle make a move for him in January, since he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Newcastle will want to wait until Alan proves he is fully fit and back to his old form which had him in the Championship Team of the Season last term, before making a move for him.

19 year-old Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht is also a creative midfielder Newcastle have been watching all season.

The Northern Echo are reporting that West Brom’s 25 year old winger Callum McManaman is still a potential target, which is surprising.

We wonder if Callum is good enough to come into the Newcastle squad next month, with Rafa likely to want to improve the quality of the squad significantly before next season starts – hopefully when we are back in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    from the BBC
    Preston North End have signed out-of-contract pair Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan from Irish champions Dundalk on two-and-a-half-year contracts.

  • wynsleap

    Dec 20, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Horgan looks like a cross between James McLean and Damien Duff. If your info. is correct Hibbitt, glad we missed out on this one. A top (or near the top) midfield creator is a must, though, to take us through to the end of the season.
    I’m pretty convinced we have what it takes to get us up this season so would like to see nearly all the money we have available at present retained so we can have a real go in the next window in preparation for the Premier.

  • hibbit

    Dec 20, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    a lot depends on the Shelvey verdict today
    i think that’s the key to our buying !!

  • Jib

    Dec 20, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Tienes razon
    However I think Rafa will be going through his little black book looking for an older midfield warhorse on loan just to tide us over for the next 6 months.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 20, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Well it seems like the pent up anger of the foul mouthed Average_Contents has taken to calling me a hypocrite all because one day I asked him to draw a line a certain level of banter ie: constantly calling people spunk trumpets or talking about jizzing himself if we almost score a goal and using the c word in every other sentence. I also made some reference about trying to get on with the neighbours which I don’t deny but can’t remember in which context. It would be better for everyone if he could just ignore me.


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