Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley will be working hard in January to try to bring in two or three players who can boost our promotion drive after losing two of our last three league games and dropping down to second place in the Championship, behind Brighton.
We have been linked with a number of central midfield players as we seem to be missing Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa will try to bring in cover for the player who still has two games to serve of his five game suspension for his FA misconduct charge.
Tom Cleverley – one of Newcastle’s targets
After the surprise 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers yesterday Rafa was asked if there was any progress made in this month’s transfer window and this is what he said, as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Not yet. We are trying to find the right players.” “January is not an easy transfer window.” “Hopefully, we can do something.”
“They have to be players to give us some balance or be better than what we have at the moment. “Playing like this, I think we can win games even without these players.”
“Now it is to keep working and try to find the players,” “It’s not easy. The market is quite strange.”
“There have been a lot of changes. We have to try to find these players that will give us something different.”
One of the midfield targets we have is Everton’s Tom Cleverley who has fallen down the pecking order at the Toffees since Ronald Koeman came in last summer.
Newcastle will try to get the 27 year-old in on a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer, if he does well.
It seems we need to bolster the squad with two or three players after we have not had good results recently, losing half of our last eight Championship games.