Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez seems to have three priorities for the January transfer window – he wants to bring in a winger, a creative central midfielder and a striker.
But it remains to be seen if good enough players are available next month, otherwise Rafa may not be able to strengthen the first team squad.
We have been linked with a number of strikers over the last few months and one of them is AFC Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, who has both speed and skill up front.
Callum Wilson – Bournemouth striker
While Newcastle have scored 45 league goals in the Championship this season and that’s more than any other team, we are still short of firepower when 17 goal Dwight Gayle is not in the side.
Any player Rafa brings in must also be able to perform at Premier League level, and that’s assuming we can get promoted straight back to the Premier League this season.
If we cannot do that it will be another disaster for the club – but we are still expecting to be in one of those two automatic promotion spots when the current season ends.
The good news is that AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said they could be willing to sell players next month, depending on the circumstances.
This is what Howe has said in the local Daily Echo:
“If we did receive any bid then obviously we would look at it, But as far as I`m concerned, we wouldn`t want to sell any player who is a key part of our long-term plans.”
“Providing the players are happy, which I think they are, then we will be keeping the squad intact.”
Newcastle brought in Matt Ritchie for around £10M from Bournemouth in the summer, so we have done business with the south-coast club before.
It would also depend if Callum wants to drop down a division and that’s why our next few games are going to be important to show we are still extremely likely to be promoted from the Championship in May.
The defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday was the last thing we expected on Boxing Day.
West Ham have been interested in Wilson this year and Everton are looking for a striker to bring in next month and Wilson is reported to be on their radar screen.
We’ll have to wait and see if Newcastle put in a formal bid for Wilson next month.
But if Jonjo Shelvey is badly missed in the next several games while he’s out suspended, it could be that a creative midfielder becomes the top priority for Rafa Benitez next month.
What do you think?