Newcastle made their second breakthrough in the transfer window with the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley. The addition addressed an area of need with Callum Wilson ruled out until March.
Heading into the window, it was center-back that was the primary focus. However, the club have been unable to reach an agreement for any of their initial top targets.
An early move for Sven Botman has ended in defeat while Sevilla are very reluctant to lose Diego Carlos in a title race. Newcastle are still pushing to sign the 28-year-old with the player keen to join.
Newcastle’s two signings are both Premier League hardened 30-somethings who are perfect for a relegation battle. Kieran Trippier and Wood will add experience, leadership, and quality for the second half of the campaign.
Mark Douglas, with inews, is reporting that Liverpool center-back Nat Phillips, who was a target over the summer, could emerge as a potential option. The 24-year-old is available and would cost around £15m.
Phillips has played just 4 times this season and is currently sidelined with a fractured cheekbone. He made 17 Premier League appearances last season after injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip.
Phillips is fifth-choice at Anfield behind the aforementioned trio and summer signing Ibrahima Konate. While £15m is very steep for the former-Bolton Academy product, desperation on Tyneside could soon set in. He is slated to return for his injury in the final week of January.
Incidentally, Joe Gomez, while not mentioned in the report, would seem to make sense on loan if Jurgen Klopp would sanction the move. The England international has made just 10 appearances this term with no Premier League starts.
Newcastle’s hope of landing a center-back before the end of this week now appears very remote. Sevilla are holding strong and may want as much as £40m for Carlos.
A move for Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile is also being negotiated. However, with the player currently injured, there is no rush to get him over the line.
36 comments so far
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:33 PMComment #1
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:34 PMComment #2
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:34 PMComment #3
That’s how that’s done 😀
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:35 PMComment #4
Let you have it mate 😉
That’s my good deed for the day 🙂
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:36 PMComment #5
Had a feeling you were hanging back Rom..
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:36 PMComment #6
Always lurking mate 😉
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:37 PMComment #7
TDS – Solid points made.
Huge difference between signing a player with 10-12 years experience and signing one who was in his prime 10-12 years ago.
Even Giggs retired shortly after his 39th birthday.
Sunderland may just be his level as a late sub, not the Prem.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:39 PMComment #8
Like most strikers they depend on service and Wood’s style in particular needs good service and set pieces but I hadn’t realised that he scored more in 2cnd hald of seasons ( bit like Perez?)
I am also hoping though that as i said other day his play can help players in getting beyond him and benefitting from his presence but we need more new faces or existing players have to improve their shooting
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:40 PMComment #9
So who do we think will be through the door next then (realistically!)
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:41 PMComment #10
Speaking of Giggs, he did fine for a slim boy. But sorry, I don’t see it with this Hugo guy on the Dennis Wise. He has flicks, I’m not even sure his pace stands out. Obviously far from slow, but searing quick? Nope. References to that lanky Stoke striker arent relevant, sorry.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:42 PMComment #11
One good thing about these so called “underwhelming ” signings..
We stop up..we’ve got a strong bench next season..
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:44 PMComment #12
What has happened to the Ramsey rumours? All gone quiet.
Would love him here
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:44 PMComment #13
Been wanting Linguard all the time from Man United, but looks like he will only go on loan right now, as much as other lad would be decent, surely only player we can loan from them is Henderson as I doubt they will sell
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:44 PMComment #14
The last player we signed called Hugo worked out well, didn’t be? 😉
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:45 PMComment #15
Didn’t HE even…
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:47 PMComment #16
Newcastle continue to push for a deal for Sevilla’s Diego Carlos. As reported elsewhere, revised bid lodged. Like Botman, sounds like it’s a difficult deal to do as player would be leaving a club in Europe. Feeling is Eddie Howe would like another player with PL experience #NUFC
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:47 PMComment #17
I still doubt that clubs like Liverpool or Man U will loan to us. Why would they do that when it’s better for them that we get relegated? We’re going to be challenging them for CL places soon so why wouldn’t they want to delay this if possible?
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:48 PMComment #18
Ramsey is isolating after contacting the V
That stops any day now and I’d imagine it will heat up with him again. Offer has been made I hear.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:48 PMComment #19
With Ramsey, and Juventus for that matter, I see Arsenal are exploring the option of taking Arthur Melo on loan, would be worth a punt.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:49 PMComment #20
Crouch was slim. Etikite is slim.
Crouch managed to hold players off and not get bullied. I’m suggesting maybe Etikite would be similar.
When suggesting Etikite may not be lightweight, how is referencing Crouch not relevant in that comparison?
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:50 PMComment #21
#nufc latest: Carlos – formal bid submitted but Seville don’t want to sell (Nufc await response). Badiashile – move complicated by injury. Ekitike – Newcastle rate player but not at the price quoted. Latest on
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:50 PMComment #22
TDS, a player with silky skills and great touch, but just a little slow and lightweight for PL.
Great for Portuguese or Spanish league, not so much for the faster and more physical requirements here.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:52 PMComment #23
May have been tinman earlier who said brentford getting pulled into a relegation battle..
I totally agree..I watched the game and they were awful. .
They looked lost..
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:52 PMComment #24
Juninho and Kinkladze were tiny but didn’t stop them showing quality.
Lewandowski is slim but no better striker in world football
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:53 PMComment #25
Bergkamp is another one. Was slim but if anything would sometimes bully defenders rather than the other way around.
Not suggesting Etikite is anywhere near that level, obviously. But you can be slim and still hold your own. It’s not the be all and end all to be strong and physical to make it in this league either. If that was the case the league would be full of massive muscular brick houses.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:54 PMComment #26
Mund a big change in reporting there on Ekitike, last night it was all agreed except for the size of staged payments, with club wanting bigger down payment.
Now he’s saying price required too high.
Can’t both be right. 🙂
Raj of Hailsley
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:54 PMComment #27
Lingard has said talks of contract extension are over. Final. Surely they’re not going to want a player in the dressing room who doesn’t want to be there, he’s obviously going to hold out until the summer to get a big pay day, it makes sense for all parties for him to go on loan somewhere and I just don’t see where he fits in to that West Ham midfield anymore.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:56 PMComment #28
Thought there was talk of spuds going after lingard yesterday ?
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:56 PMComment #29
Terms and such what have been offered are acceptable to the player but Reims wanting more money. Surely a deal can be struck
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:57 PMComment #30
And for clarity. .
I think wood I a good signing..and I believe cantwell could do a job for us..
Put these two in an attacking side…we may be surprised. .
Good business imo..
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:57 PMComment #31
cleveleysbob – he was indeed. He was rated one of the best young players in Europe too and SBR really wanted him here. Shame he couldn’t be the superstar we’d have loved.
We haven’t signed too many young players who turned into top players sadly, especially not from other countries. I think we got Dyer and Jenas pretty young but struggling to think of a young foreigner we got who turned out to be class. Actually…Krul. But I had to think for a while.
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:58 PMComment #32
Totally agree but if can only loan 1 player from a PL club, has to be Henderson for me. Only way it would work is if they would accept a nominal fee for him to get off the books and not bring morale down and still offer him big wages
Jan 13, 2022 at 2:58 PMComment #33
I don’t see Brentford getting dragged in. They are on 23 already. They’ll likely only need c.9 more to stay up.
Jan 13, 2022 at 3:01 PMComment #34
I suppose it depends on class and conviction.
ManC’s No.10 for several years was small and light, but damn near impossible to take ball off him.
Genius little player David Silva.
Would love a player like that.
Jan 13, 2022 at 3:04 PMComment #35
Daragh? Only 32 to stay up? Or did you mean 9 wins? 😆
Jan 13, 2022 at 4:45 PMComment #36
We (our new-ish owners, that is) might as well pay up the extra wonga to secure the players we want, ie – 40M for Carlos. Man Utd paid…I think 70M for Harry Maguire, who has always been pretty average i.m.o!