On Monday, Scott Wilson with The Northern Echo reported that Eddie Howe wants the Newcastle hierarchy to focus on ‘tried-and-tested Premier League performers’ in the January window. The report went on to name four potential targets.
Two of those players, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, were first named as targets soon after the takeover was concluded in early October.
Wilson claims that Newcastle remain very confident of landing Tarkowski despite recent reports that Burnley would not weaken their squad by selling their star defender. Both Tarkowski and Lingard’s contracts run out in the summer.
Lingard appears to be ready for the next chapter of his career. The Man United Academy product isn’t entertaining the idea of a new contract at the moment. Though a lot could depend on which manager takes the reins next at Old Trafford.
Wilson also named Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko as potential loan options. However, he has followed up his initial report with another stating that Liverpool will not allow Origi to leave.
The 26-year-old has just 7 appearances this season. However, with the African Cup of Nations getting underway in early January, Jurgen Klopp will be without both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane until early February.
The duo could miss up to 6 Premier League matches and 2 FA Cup ties. Klopp will need to keep Origi at Anfield as cover while his two superstar attackers are away. The Belgian has performed when given the opportunity this season with 3 goals and 2 assists in his limited appearances.
Newcastle have been linked with a lot of players in Italy’s Serie A. The Times recently claimed the club see Italy as an ideal market to raid in January. That could partly be due to Premier League clubs playing hardball with newly-rich Newcastle.
We could find it difficult to land ‘tried-and-tested Premier League performers’ in the winter window. Though it remains to be seen if any of these four targets are truly on Newcastle’s winter agenda.
140 comments so far
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:10 PMComment #1
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:13 PMComment #2
Yeah so what?
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:14 PMComment #3
I think he’d be a great signing, him or Ihneacho.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:16 PMComment #4
How is that asking for money? I explained the situation of how it was nobody asked for anything.
You are a sad crank who needs to get a life
How many have to say to you it needs to be left before you give up this charade?
Got to be jealously that nobody wanted to go to yours. Have you asked yourself why yet? Clear as day to me
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:19 PMComment #5
I hope they don’t allow him to leave, because there’s something about Origi I am not keen on personally.
I dont think he’d be much of an addition compared to other players we could realistically get.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:21 PMComment #6
Simon – that video of the chanting fans is bloody awful. Talk about arrogance, we get taken over and our owners are the richest owners in the world and these muppets are singing like we’ve won the Premier League and Champions League for 5 years in a row…which would also be awful but at least they’d have a valid reason to brag!
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:21 PMComment #7
Just got a message about a dodgy character trying to sell boxes to Toon fans.
I’m not saying anything untoward is involved as it is up to individuals to decide they do.
Managed to get a photo of the bloke – mmn not sure about giving him anything.
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:24 PMComment #8
That’s him alright 😀
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:25 PMComment #9
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:25 PMComment #10
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:25 PMComment #11
Mund I told you not to grow a tache and beard for Movember, you can easily tell it’s you now in that photo Tuff put up.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:26 PMComment #12
Origi averages a goal every 2 games for Liverpool when you factor in minutes played.
Again, I think people are getting a bit too big for their boots if they think we’re too good for the likes or Gini or Origi.
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:29 PMComment #13
If people are turning their noses up at Origi then I’m not sure who they’re expecting.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:34 PMComment #14
Jail – Exactly. I see we’ve been linked to Vlahovic too…yeah right. Oh, Mbappe too…ridiculous.
How about we get in a position to actually challenge the CL places before we think we can attract a player of that calibre?
Fans are getting sold impossible dreams by journos who are greedy for clicks.
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:36 PMComment #15
Origi would be a great signing given a run of games he could maybe do better than Wilson!!
More than good enough for us but I would say about 95% of these names mentioned will not be anywhere near the targets when January comes around
Trippier and Tarkowski feel like the only ones that we could have a geniune interest in as they tick a lot of boxes but there is no guarantee they would want to join us if we are in the bottom 3
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:37 PMComment #16
Jail – I’m glad you’re not accusing me of knocking our own club when I’m being realistic about transfers…
I’d love to see someone like Mbappe or Vlahovic sold on the vision for the club and join to be part of pushing us up the league and getting into the CL again. But realistically, why would they? They’re not Geordies, they’re not even English. Their affection towards NUFC will likely be virtually non-existent and a million miles away from that of the fans.
On the other hand, if there was a top class Geordie like Shearer, Carrick, or Gazza playing somewhere else, you’d think we’d have a good chance to bring them home.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:38 PMComment #17
We could make it a rule your name has to end with an i to play for us…
Er, struggling now, seemed like a good idea at the time, probs just have to get the whole Italy squad in.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:38 PMComment #18
which ever way you look at it we need another centre forward to cover wilson …
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:39 PMComment #19
My abiding memory of Wijanldum is, he was a ghost away from home – pretty sure he didn’t score any of his goals away, maybe one.
He played all 38 matches in the league and scored 11.
When he came here he was relatively young and hungry, was great at home but a passenger away.
I don’t like players who if they’re not scoring they do little else to help the team. Dele Alli is another I would not have for this reason.
Now Wijnaldum is 31yo looking for a final big contract.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:43 PMComment #20
A midfielder who scored 11 games in 38 games and you don’t want him? We’ve had strikers with a worse scoring record than that…
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:43 PMComment #21
Yeah, TDS, strip my comment of all context.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:43 PMComment #22
geordietom – Defence defence defence. While I would like to see us sign another striker, I think we need to shore up the defence as the main priority.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:46 PMComment #23
SholaShow – Well, it doesn’t really bother me that much. I think he played fairly well away, it just so happens that he scored all of his goals at home. 11 goals in 19 games? Not sure if he played all 19 or not. I think it’s just an anomaly that he did that but he’s definitely better than our current options.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:46 PMComment #24
“Words are easy, like the wind; faithful friends are hard to find.”
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:47 PMComment #25
ToonDarnSarf @6 – For goodness sake get a sense of humour – they weren’t bragging they were a few fans who’d had a few bevvies singing a jokey song – I don’t think they really think we’ll buy Klopp to cut the grass 🙄
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:48 PMComment #26
we do need defenders i agree but we also need another C/F who can cover wilson …
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:49 PMComment #27
My abiding memory of Wijanldum is the speed at which he was on his way as soon as we were relegated.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:49 PMComment #28
Have you been raiding the wife’s phone Tuff 😉
Don’t scroll anymore tho fella…
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:51 PMComment #29
I gave it a miss this year mate but the wife has a cracking one 😉
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:53 PMComment #30
He was too upset to talk about relegation 😥
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:55 PMComment #31
Mag52 – can you really blame him though?? Was with us for a season and Liverpool come in for him. I don’t blame a player for that, only players with a real affinity for the club and/or feeling they owe the club to get promoted back will stay in the 2nd tier. Not many players with that kind of mentality these days.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:56 PMComment #32
He didn’t. He was renowned for being anonymous away.
At 31yo and on the downslope, having made his millions and had his trophy success, I don’t want such a flaky player because I think he’d be prone to more flakiness than usual compared to when he was looking to make his name.
Its’s a different thing signing ageing players who’ve had success with a history of good character, graft and aren’t the type to disappear in matches.
Better than what we’ve got is a low bar which hundreds of potential signings fit into. I always see this point, but it’s not or what we’ve got.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:56 PMComment #33
martoon – Nah, I don’t find it funny, I find it embarrassing to be honest. I think it shows a lack of class bragging about being rich when we’ve achieved bugger all with it.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:57 PMComment #34
geordietom – I don’t disagree that we could do with another striker, I just think defence is the priority. But I hope we can sign 4 or 5 players and reinforce across the park.
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:57 PMComment #35
*not that player or what we’ve got
Nov 24, 2021 at 3:59 PMComment #36
Gini is a decent enough player but not for me.
31 and by the time this team is ready to be challenging he’ll be nearly retired, how’s his legs now?
It’s downhill for him from, best years behind him.
Prefer someone around 25 who can’t mature and grow with the club, with the hunger and desire to match.
Nov 24, 2021 at 4:02 PMComment #37
Virtue seeking shows no class but you’re happy to do it!
Nov 24, 2021 at 4:02 PMComment #38
Know its not great when someone moves after relegation, yes Shelvey didnt, but I think most top players would. Times like that, we have to put ourselves in their shoes/boots, I know if only!!! Have to think about career, potential international football and lets face it, unlike us, most are not fans of the club anyway. So cant hold it against someone because they moved. If better than what we have now, and really that is most decent players out there, could we really say no?
Essex Geordie Bill
Nov 24, 2021 at 4:07 PMComment #39
Well done you made the right choice!
Howay The Heed! 🙂
Nov 24, 2021 at 4:07 PMComment #40
If the entire basis of the argument for Gini is he scored 11 in 38 here, then I’d just point to Willock and say, similar type of player, younger, would rather persist with him.
What’s he on? 8 in 21.
At the moment he seems to be entering the prematurely written off stage of the Newcastle fan experience.
Played with an injury for most of this season.
Last game I assume that was finally resolved. A bit of a disappointing performance, but nothing alarming like Longstaff’s performances every time he plays.