It looks like Newcastle United are targeting 26-year-old Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun for January and the only question seems to be what the fee will be his club will be asking.
There are reports it could be anything from £17M to £20M, and if Rafa is given some money to spend in January, he could try to sign the 26-year-old Turkish striker.
If Mike Ashley is still the owner, then Rafa may want to sell before he can bring in new players.
Players like Jack Colback, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Dwight Gayle could be sold in the January transfer window which could help fund some incoming players.
If Ashley is still in control of the club, Rafa may try to bring in players on loan with an option to buy next summer.
Danny Ings – Liverpool striker, needs first team games
One of these players coming into the club in January could be 25-year-old Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
And there’s news again today in the Bleacher Report that Newcastle are interested in signing the player in January.
Danny has had a couple of serious knee injuries since he signed for Liverpool from Burnley in the summer of 2015 and has only played 13 first team games with 3 goals for the Reds.
So it’s important that he get some first team games and he will get them at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez.
Danny has been playing for the Liverpool U23 side this season, so he’s at least getting some playing time at the moment with Liverpool.
Southampton are also said to be interested in the striker, and that’s close to his hometown of Winchester.
There have been various reports that Rafa could sign him on loan or even sign him permanently in January.
It would be a bit of a risk to sign him permanently until Rafa has seen how he performs after his two serious knee injuries.
Getting Cenk Tosun and Danny Ings in during the January transfer window – even if we have to sell Mitro and Dwight Gayle – would seem to be a step up for Newcastle, especially if it’s what Rafa wants.
What do you think?