News today that Tom Cleverley has chosen to join Watford on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy – based on a successful medical today – and that means Newcastle have lost out on another transfer target.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte recently decided that he wants to keep Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the club, after the lad must have been impressive in training and so another of our January targets bit the dust – so to speak.
Newcastle still have a loan bid in for Fabian Delph of Manchester City, but you wonder whether these players are willing to take the step down to the Championship – if only for half a season.
Fabian Delph – available on loan
Certainly Tom Cleverly didn’t.
Fabian would be a decent acquisition for us – if we can get him in.
The player we like is Fulham central midfielder Tom Cairney but there are conflicting reports about both the fee and whether we are still interested in the player.
Tom Cairney – still a Newcastle target?
The fee Fulham want for him is anywhere from £8M to £20M with the lower figure being the most likely after they signed him from Blackburn Rovers eighteen months ago for just £4M.
At this stage he would be our preferred target and Newcastle have also shown interest in 26 year-old Algerian International Ryad Boudebouz, although it seems he has been offered to Newcastle by his French club Bordeaux.
It doesn’t look like Newcastle are too interested in Boudebouz, from what we can tell.
Anderlecht playmaker Youri Tielemans
Of course we were also linked over the last few months with outstanding young 19 year-old Anderlecht playmaker Youri Tielemans and the Belgium International looks to become a terrific player in the future.
But we doubt he would join a Championship club at this stage – although he may be a target of Newcastle’s in the summer if we can make it back to the Premier League.
We may also still be interested in Brentford playmaker Alan Judge, but Alan will not be fit to play until the end of this month and he would be a risk.
His contract at Brentford runs out at the end of June and again he could become a target this summer if we get promoted.
The two players we must bring in this month are a playmaker and another striker, otherwise our promotion bid could be hit.
What do you think?