It seems that Rafa Benitez is definitely looking to bring in a creative midfielder in January to help Jonjo Shelvey with the creative duties at Newcastle.
The absence of Jonjo – suspended for the last two games – has seen Newcastle labor at home to both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, although after the shock 1-0 defeat to the Owls the lads managed a 3-1 win against Forest, but we were helped with the sending off of Matt Mills after 60 minutes.
20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek
We have been linked heavily with 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come in on loan, but manager Antonio Conti would prefer that the lad play in the Premier League through the end of the season, so things are waiting on his decision, but Newcastle have their loan offer in.
Today we have been linked with Everton’s Tom Cleverley and again it would be a Premier League player coming in on loan with Tom being down the pecking order at the Toffees since Ronald Koeman arrived at he club.
The news today is Tom is interested in joining Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
We have also been linked with another player down the pecking order at his club – Fabian Delph of Manchester City and it seems he has no future at the club since manager Pep Guardiola came in.
Delph could join us permanently or on loan this month and he could do a job at Newcatsle, although other Premier League clubs are interested in him.
The fourth player we are reported to have already discussed with Nottingham Forest is a surprise – Henri Lansbury – the former Arsenal player who was involved in those two red cards of our players at the City Ground.
He was also heavily criticized by Rafa Benitez after the game,
But the Mail is reporting Newcastle have already contacted Forest about his availability – with his contract running out in June.
The fifth central midfielder we have been linked with is Brentford’s Alan Judge who we nearly signed last August.
Alan is still recovering from the double break of his right leg last April, and he is only just returning to full training with the Bees.
Like Henri Lansbury, his contract runs out in June, so he could be available for a nominal fee.
Those are five creative players we have been linked with leading up to the January transfer window which opens today.
It looks like Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the number one choice, but the Mail are reporting today that Tom Cleverley has moved to the top of the list.
Rafa could bring a player in on loan and maybe also sign Alan Judge, who would be given time to fully recover from his broken leg this and he would be a bargain buy.
Alan would be playing again by the end of the season, although there’s some risk in signing him this month.