Newcastle United can spend close to £200m in January and still be within the constraints of Financial Fair Play regulation. However, that type of spending is highly unlikely this winter.
The new owners have reportedly drafted a pragmatic approach to the January window and will target players with Premier League experience on expiring contracts. Burnley defender James Tarkowski and Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard have recently been named as winter targets.
Both players are on contracts that expire next summer and have so far rejected new deals. Tarkowski is said to be very keen on moving to Newcastle and could become one of the first signings of the new era.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is also a winter target. The 30-year-old is in the final year of his contract and has made just two substitute appearances in the league this season.
The Sun is reporting Lacazette has no intention of signing a new deal to remain at The Emirates. So The Gunners could be open to offloading the striker in January for a nominal fee rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon for big money in 2017 after being on Newcastle’s radar for years. During our relegation season in 2016, Newcastle had a £19m bid accepted by Lyon in January but couldn’t tempt the former French international to Tyneside.
At the time, he said the following on rejecting a move to Newcastle:
“I read what you write in the media.
“Now I am at Olympique Lyonnais, I want to have a good second half of the season, so for me, a departure is not valid.
“This is my agent, David Venditelli, who cares.
“He knows very well that I did not want to leave, so he declined the offer.”
Lacazette has bagged 67 goals in 174 overall appearances for Arsenal. He has hit the back of the net twice this season in his two Carabao Cup appearances. At 30, he is edging towards the end of his career but could be a decent signing for the next few seasons as cover for the oft-injured Callum Wilson.