There have been some rumors for some time that Newcastle have been interested in Manchester United’s left-back Luke Shaw.
And when Rafa meets with Lee Charnley today to discuss transfers and how much money he will get next month – his name could be the first on the agenda.
While we are now falling into the relegation zone if we continue to lose, Luke Shaw could be interested in joining Newcastle on loan with an option to buy in the summer.
That’s because with Amanda Staveley likely to be the new owner at Newcastle next month it will be a new era starting with Rafa Benitez as manager of the side.
Michy Batshuayi – can we sign him on loan?
Rafa will now actually get some help from the owner – rather than the owner simply being a hindrance to progress.
So we are hoping Rafa can persuade Luke to sign on initially on loan next month.
It’s also likely that Newcastle without Ashley in charge will not be put off by the loan fees.
We want to stay in the Premier League where we will get around £125M every season, so we expect Amanda Staveley to look at the big picture.
The other player we are hoping can be persuaded to join Newcastle on loan is Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.
Michy was a target of ours before he eventually signed on for the Blues last year, but he has struggled for game time.
He will want to make the French squad for the World Cup next summer in Russia, and he will get games at Newcastle.
There could be a complication with that loan deal with the news the Blues may want to use him in a part-exchange deal to get Monaco’s 22-year-old midfielder, Thomas Lemar.
Michy has proved that when he gets games, he can score goals in the Premier League.
If we cannot get Batshuayi, then Newcastle will go after Liverpool striker Danny Ings – who was a target of Newcastle’s before he signed on at Liverpool two years ago.
But Danny is more of a risk because he hasn’t played in the Premier League for some time now, given the injuries he has had since he signed on for Liverpool
Rafa may want to bring up to five players into the squad this January, and he could also sell players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jack Colback, and Chancel Mbemba if he has replacements lined up.
What do you think?