Without a permanent manager or a Director of Football in place, it’s hard to gauge who Newcastle will target in the January window. The prevailing wisdom is that the board will look to bring in players with Premier League experience for a push up the table.
Newcastle have just 4 points from the opening 9 league fixtures, which represents almost a quarter of the campaign. Our next manager, whoever that is, has his work cut out for him until the winter window opens.
The transfer approach for January will be one of pragmatism. It’s likely Newcastle will focus on players on expiring contracts like Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
There could also be other players targeted who aren’t nearing the end of their contracts. Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse was identified by Football Insider as a potential target earlier today.
If Newcastle identify a player, like Ward-Prowse, as someone they truly want, the funds will be there to test the resolve of their current clubs. Though with Ward-Prowse, he just signed a new deal to 2026 this past summer.
There are reports surfacing today that two former targets could be available in January after experiencing some difficult times with their current clubs. Dele Alli has not reached the heights he soared to when first joining Tottenham from MK Dons in 2015.
Newcastle were heavily linked with the now 25-year-old before Spurs swooped in and landed him for a fee of £5m. He was one of England’s brightest stars for his first three seasons but has been a shell of himself the past few years.
The Athletic is speculating that his time in Tottenham could be coming to an end after failing to impress this season under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo. He could be a decent signing if Spurs do try to offload him as Newcastle are crying out for some creativity.
Likewise, Eden Hazard has struggled over the past few seasons. He was briefly touted as a target of Newcastle’s when at Lille but then-manager Alan Pardew shot down those reports as ridiculous.
Hazard made his big move to Chelsea in 2012 where his reputation was propelled into another stratosphere. He then left Stamford Bridge in a monumental move to Real Madrid two seasons ago.
However, injuries have plagued him since his move to the Bernabeu limiting him to just 25 La Liga starts in over two seasons. This season he has struggled to break into Carlo Ancelotti’s team, with the Italian even publicly admitting he prefers other players to Hazard at the moment.
ESPN is reporting that both Chelsea and Newcastle have been sounded out over potential interest in the 30-year-old. Though no concrete interest has been reported and Hazard stated over the summer that he wanted to make it work at Real Madrid.
We’ll see if any movement happens with Alli and Hazard. With the World Cup just over a year away, they may end up seeking a fresh start where they’ll get more playing time.