We may or may not get Andros Townsend over the line in January, although at the moment that looks a bit doubtful.
But in the summer, we expect Rafa Benitez to change the Newcastle squad quite a bit – just like he did last summer – but this time to get us ready when we are hopefully back in the world’s most popular and most watched sports league – the English Premier League.
If Rafa cannot sign Townsend this month he could well go after the player in the summer – depending on how well Christian Atsu and any winger we bring in on loan this month performs.
At the moment that winger could be Swansea’s Mo Barrow with the Chronicle reporting a loan deal is very close.
Ben Osborn – 22 year-old Nottingham Forest winger
Some of the other players Newcastle have inquired about this month in the Championship could also be targets this summer.
At that time Newcastle will have big money to spend – especially if we are promoted back to the Premier League – as looks likely now – but nothing is ever certain in football.
One of the players Rafa is said to be keen on is Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest and Newcastle have a good relationship with the Forest club having signed Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from them for a measly £7M in the summer of 2014 and both are starters in the first team this season.
That was a great purchase by Newcastle for just £7M and Rafa has vastly improved each player.
If that double signing was on the recommendation of Graham Carr then Graham deserves praise for that.
22 year-old Ben Osborn is still being tracked by Rafa according to the Chronicle and we could go in for him in the summer with his transfer thought to be around £4M.
Ben was born in Derby and has already appeared 30 times with two goals for Forest this season after making his debut in the Championship back in March 2014 against Ipswich.
Since that time he has played 116 times for the club with 8 goals.
His second goal of the season was a stunner – the winner in the vital 1-0 win over Bristol City last Saturday.
Benitez is said to be impressed with the player and the Newcastle manager is willing to pay £4M (or more?) for the Englishman who has played for the England U18, U19 and U20 sides.
Ben has been a regular starter for three seasons at Nottingham Forest and is an experienced Championship player and could be very good value for £4M – possibly in the summer.
We also wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle go after the two Croatian teenagers Filip Benkovic and Ante Coric we have been linked with by the press in Croatia.
The deal is proving difficult this month with Newcastle still an English second division side.
But in the summer that could all change and Rafa – as we know – can be very influential and convincing in getting players to sign for Newcastle – and it’s so much easier when we are a Premier League club again.
To end – here’s the fabulous goal Ben Osborn scored for Forest on Saturday.