Christmas is here, so there are 7 days to go until the January transfer window opens next Monday.
But we don’t expect any quick deals to be made by Newcastle with Rafa still not knowing precisely the funds he will be given to spend next month.
That’s the latest news in any case.
We need to bring in a left back, two strikers and add some toughness and some creativity in central midfield.
So given that, here are four players (and a possible fifth) who could really improve the Newcastle side.
1) Islam Slimani – Leicester
This striker has not done well at Leicester but the Algerian has class and Rafa can get the best out of him.
Slimani will be an improvement on what we have at the moment.
The 27-year-old could come in on loan with an option to buy in the summer.
We are supposed to be the favorites to sign him next month.
2) Kenedy – Chelsea
We may have to wait again for the 21-year-old left-sided player who was impressive when he played left-back for Chelsea when Guus Hiddink was the manager in the first half of last year.
We almost got him in late August on loan but Antonio Conte couldn’t get a replacement in and the deal was off.
He also has speed and skill and could help in the fast breakaways that Rafa is working on in training and paid off with two goals at West Ham.
3) Danny Ings – Liverpool
Newcastle have been after this lad for a long time, and the latest news is that Rafa has been talking to Liverpool officials about bringing Ings to Newcastle.
It will probably be on loan, but there were stories Rafa was willing to buy him if he showed he was fully fit from his two ACL knee injuries of the last two years.
Maybe bring him in on loan with an option to buy in the summer?
4) Andreas Samaris – Benfica
We need some strengthening in central midfield even though Henri Saivet and Mo Diame played well on Saturday in the 3-2 win at West Ham.
Rafa wanted Andreas Samaris in the summer, and it seems Benfica could lower their price from £17M so Rafa could buy him next month.
He could again maybe bring him in on loan next month with an option to buy.
But if Rafa does get some substantial funds next month he will want to buy some players on a permanent as he wants the team a lot stronger for next season.
Finally, with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire starting to look good for Arsenal and likely becoming a free agent in the summer, maybe we can make an audacious move and take him on loan next month and try to buy him in the summer if he does well.
It’s worth a try because Jack can provide the class and creativity we need in midfield, and he needs playing time if he is to make the England squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.
What do you think?