Luke Edwards with the Telegraph is reporting that Steve Bruce wants to add three players next month for a second half-season push for a top ten finish.
However, the head coach is aware that to accomplish that lofty goal, he’ll need to offload Dwight Gayle, Ki Sung-yueng, and at least one more Magpie.
Some of the targets mentioned in the report are familiar, while a couple of new names have crept into the discussion.
Of course, the name most associated with a move to Newcastle is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. In the article, Bowen is called a realistic target who would like to join the Magpies next month.
The issue with the 23-year-old will be if they can pry him from Hull’s reluctant grip. We certainly expect that an attempt will be made for the prolific winger.
Two other names on Newcastle’s radar are Genk striker Mbwana Samatta and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil. Samatta is a player we’ve been linked with since the summer. While he has just turned 27 last week, he is a prolific scorer in Belgium and has a release clause of only £10m.
Dwight McNeil– promising young winger
Burnley’s Dwight McNeil is another player Newcastle have been tracking for quite some time. The 20-year-old would be a fantastic addition to our ranks. However, he’s likely to cost a lot more than the reported £20m we have available next month.
That could be where fees for outgoing players like Dwight Gayle would come into the picture. Newcastle will reportedly not part with the 29-year-old for less than £15m. However, they will likely find it very hard to find takers at that amount.
The Telegraph also names a couple of midfielders that Newcastle have not been linked to in a while. They are Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana.
Drinkwater is expected to be recalled from his loan spell at Burnley next month, where he’s only played twice. The report stated that Newcastle were hopeful of landing the 29-year-old on loan in January but that it is now looking unlikely.
Adam Lallana is a compelling case as he’s out of contract in the summer. Jurgen Klopp wants the 31-year-old to sign a 1-year extension so Liverpool won’t lose him for nothing.
However, Lallana may test the free-agent waters this summer, and Steve Bruce is said to be very interested in bringing him to Newcastle possibly even this winter. Whether Mike Ashley would be willing to offer a competitive deal seems to us to be very unlikely.
We just can’t see Newcastle bringing in 3 first-team players next month. Though we could see us making a run at Jarrod Bowen. Then if we can sell Dwight Gayle, Mbwana Samatta could be an excellent buy.
We really rate Dwight McNeil but just can’t see that happening next month though maybe we can make a move for him in the summer. As far as Danny Drinkwater or Adam Lallana, we just don’t see them coming through the door either.
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