Sky Sports is reporting that Rafa Benitez is still tracking three strikers – one of which he will hopefully sign on loan this month.
They are Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings from Liverpool and Diafra Sakho of West Ham.
We were interested in Diafro Sakho back in the summer of 2014 before he signed on at West Ham and while he was playing at French club Metz.
Of the three strikers, we would prefer one of the Liverpool strikers and probably Danny Ings if only because he is a lot less injury prone than Daniel Sturridge who is a better striker.
Daniel Sturridge – in action against Newcastle
But Danny wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place in the side there – best of luck with that.
And it looks like Leicester City striker Islam Slimani will sign on at Watford for his former boss at Sporting Lisbon – Marco Silva.
We were hoping Newcastle could get two strikers in this month but given where we are now – nobody signed and only 13 days left in the window – we would be happy enough if we can sign a left back, a goalkeeper and a single striker.
Rafa has lined up left-back Pape Souare on loan from Crystal Palace but Rafa would prefer to bring in Kenedy from Chelsea – who can play anywhere on the left-hand side.
But the 21-year-old played for Chelsea in their narrow penalty shootout home win last night against Norwich City in the FA Cup after a late equalizer from the visitors.
Kenedy looked very good and that performance will probably persuade Antonio Conte to keep him at the Blues for the rest of the season.
Maybe we can get him on loan next season?
But we’d also be happy enough with Souare who seems a good technical player who needs playing time.
And maybe Newcastle can bring in a central midfielder too – say Tom Cairney of Fulham who is available and rated highly by Rafa.
But our biggest need in this transfer window is for a striker and probably two.
If we had a good striker in the team we would be winning home games like against Swansea rather easily.
We should have been two or three up at halftime in that game.