On Friday, it was revealed that Newcastle’s new board would target players with Premier League experience entering the final years of their contracts. Their plan was to supplement these more economical signings with a few marquee names.
The list of targets has been plentiful over the past 48 hours with a handful of stars touted as being the new regime’s first big signing in January. We’ve already had Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly cited as top winter targets.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has pinpointed Burnley center-back James Tarkowski as the likely choice to become one of the first players to spark Newcastle’s revolution. The 28-year-old certainly meets the criteria with 166 Premier League matches under his belt while in the final year of his contract.
Edwards reports that Tarkowski is very keen on the move. While Burnley boss Sean Dyche would love to keep his star defender at Turf Moor, he can do little to stand in his way as they could risk losing him for nothing next summer.
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is also of interest to Newcastle. Like Tarkowski, the 28-year-old’s contract ends next summer. However, his interest in coming to the North East is uncertain.
Lingard recently rejected a new deal at Old Trafford and has only had only one start this season, which was in the Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham. He spent the second half of last season on loan with The Hammers where he scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists.
Edwards also reports that the new owners believe every area of the pitch needs new blood. He says in addition to Tarkowski, a full-back, center-forward, central midfielder, and a winger could be targeted in January. That would, of course, mean a lot of the current squad would need to be moved out.
This winter we could see a grander version of 2013 when Newcastle added Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, and Kevin Mbabu to the ranks.
149 comments so far
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:41 PMComment #121
Philips is the guy you really want but can’t see him leaving Leeds for a project.
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:42 PMComment #122
Plus the price tag would be ridiculous
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:42 PMComment #123
Zidane would attract the best players to the club. He would be a good appointment to start with. The English players that I would like us to sign are:
Other players that I would like at the club:
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:44 PMComment #124
England playing a team who can all see the pitch from where they live!
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:45 PMComment #125
Did you see the gantry on fire yesterday 😆
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:46 PMComment #126
Is there no toon players in this England squad?
Well there will be next year!
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:47 PMComment #127
mbappe’s french Ch 😉
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:48 PMComment #128
Evening All, Just catching up on the chats today, they say a week is a long time in politics, well this time last week we were all feeling empty and in despair, so what a difference a week has made in the lives of all Newcastle UNITED fans all over the world. Fellow Toon fans this has been an incredible journey in more ways than one, along the way we have had the pandemic, our club have been going from one crisis to another, the takeover has been on and of so many times, on the blog there has been total anger and frustration which has caused infighting and rows, we really have been put through the mill in more ways than one. I want to congratulate each and ever member of this fine blog, the posts this week have been nothing short of exemplary, some fine and intelligent people on this blog, and i think its been a total honour to chatting to you all in the past fellow toon fans. This week has been a tsunami of unbridled joy and happiness of Toon fans around the world, and its been very well articulated by ever fan on this blog. In conclusion i have not been able to celebrate due to my work commitments until now, well ive just opened my first can of Carlsberg, later on ill be opening anpotcheen unopened 10 year old bottle of potcheen which ive kept for a very special occasion, well i can`t think of a better occasion than tonight ladies and gentlemen. To all my friends and fellow Toon fans, ill say a big Irish SLAINTE.
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:48 PMComment #129
We’ve been more likely to employ Andorra internationals in recent years!
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:49 PMComment #130
True but jude Bellingham and Jessie Lingaurd are English
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:50 PMComment #131
I don’t do History mate
Not another deJong
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:58 PMComment #132
That is more like it, the first six articles about NUFC.
Oct 9, 2021 at 7:59 PMComment #133
History defines the future.
Ignore it at your peril.
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:01 PMComment #134
Nice one, Mac
Put your feet up and enjoy.
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:01 PMComment #135
It’s just the last 14 years Iv wiped from my memory
Is KK still manager
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:02 PMComment #136
That Isak who looked really good for Sweden in the Euros has just scored a worldy.
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:02 PMComment #137
You’ve picked a good time to wake up!
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:05 PMComment #138
VAR 1-0 Andorra
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:05 PMComment #139
Night all , enjoy your evening 🙂
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:06 PMComment #140
Actually KK could do a job as caretaker with Jonsey as he will explain to the players what it means to wear the shirt and inspire them until we appoint a quality manager
I’m sure he will get an extra 20% more than Brucey gets out of them
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:06 PMComment #141
Don’t know if it’s been posted yet, but Shearer’s 10 minutes on Newcastle Fans TV a few hours ago – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJM8GFfRukY
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:07 PMComment #142
Night Rom lad
JP...from The Rock
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:16 PMComment #143
I would sign Isak ASAP!
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:18 PMComment #144
I’ve just watched
‘We are the Geordies’
Saved it as I didn’t want to watch it whilst being so low having Bruceless here and no sign of Ashley leaving.
Enjoyed it, was nice and uplifting.
What capped it was right at the end before the credits it says
In 2020 Mike Ashley accepted a bid which would make Nufc the richest club in the world.
The rest including Ashley is History…..
O Happy day
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:18 PMComment #145
Thanks very much mate, enjoy the rest of your weekend fella.
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:23 PMComment #146
Good evening OP, did you watch we are the geordies on line mate? Also are you going to watch the big fight tonight.
Nicky the ball tosser
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:28 PMComment #147
Need a DOF and manager first, and to work out our targets through the interview processes and in their first two months on the job.
I hope they go young and high quality and of course in the positions of highest priority.
Spine first, then defense, and you really do want top appointments at DOF and manager, that must be the top priority first of all.
I like do like the idea of Jones taking the team v Tottenham, with Shearer and Keegan saying a few words to the lads in the dressing room before the match, or even just poking their head round the door to wish them luck. That’d give them a big lift.
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:32 PMComment #148
Did that Ref’s nanna work in Buchenwald 😮
Oct 9, 2021 at 8:33 PMComment #149
Shearer confirmed in the appearance I posted above he can’t even be there next weekend.
Obligated to tv work at the same time the match takes place and can’t get out of it.