Rafa Benitez still wants to bring in a winger and a central midfielder in this January window although so far we have made no acquisitions this month.
Mike Ashley has decided to keep the transfer funds under wraps until the owner knows whether we will be a Premier League club next season and we suppose that’s OK.
There’s still a chance – a slight chance – that may not happen.
So Rafa is trying to do loan moves with an option to buy in the summer.
Everton central midfielder James McCarthy
Newcastle seem very close to getting Mo Barrow in from Swansea if we cannot get Andros Townsend – and talks are continuing on both fronts.
If we cannot get Andros though the door then Barrow would be a decent signing for us, but whether we would take up the option to buy Barrow in the summer will depend on how he plays under Rafa.
This man is very fast and could be a real threat down the right wing.
And there’s some better news in the Chronicle this morning that Rafa is still trying to do a loan deal for Everton’s James McCarthy and he would be a great acquisition for us.
The news is that James wants to join Newcastle and Rafa’s revolution, so that should certainly help Newcastle get their man.
We have long thought McCarthy was an excellent player and he could become a terrific player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
And it would give us more options in attacking central midfield and somebody to run the show if Jonjo Shelvey is not playing.
Townsend and McCarthy would be simply great for us this month, but we would still take Barrow and McCarthy as (very) good business by Newcastle.
What do you think?