It’s true to say that the Newcastle owners would have expected more players signed by today – the first day of warm-weather training in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia
We have two good players who have already been signed – Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood, both of whom played well in the 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
21-year-old Dutch U21 left-back Michael Bakker, at Bayer Leverkusen, could be our next signing, with the German club ready to sell, and we have bid 14.5M, which is close to the 16M, Bayern Leverkusen want, according to the Mail.
And we are reported to be back in for Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard for a loan deal, according to Fabrizio Romano:
Newcastle will push again on Jesse Lingard deal in the next hours. Magpies board working hard to sign Jesse at least until the end of the season, then he'll become a free agent. ?? #NUFC
Negotiations ongoing with both Manchester United and Lingard representatives. pic.twitter.com/MNzyoB3nLq
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 24, 2022
We may have finally given up on Seville center-back Diego Carlos, but we need to bring at least one center-back in during the next 7 days.
At the very least we need a center-back, a central midfielder, and a striker.
Former Chronicle reporter Chris Waugh has reported this morning in the Athletic, and this is a small extract from his long article:
“In truth, Newcastle are behind where they intended to be at this stage of the window. Most frustratingly, center-back — the priority position — has still to be strengthened. Alongside two new central defenders, they would ideally like to end January having also recruited a left-back, a holding midfielder, an attacking midfielder and another forward.”
“It is understood Newcastle have long lists for all positions and will potentially send out dozens of enquiries now that clubs are more likely to be open to dispensing with fringe squad members, given the growing proximity to the end of the window.”
The time has come for Newcastle to start moving down their list of candidates and start signing players.
For instance, if we cannot get Lingard in, a decent alternative is Spurs’ Deli Alli, and remember Spurs pipped us to his signing back in January 2015, when he was at Milton Keynes Dons.
And the England International wants to come to Newcastle to resurrect his career – he would no doubt be a popular signing for Newcastle fans, as long as he is willing to fight in a Newcastle shirt.
There’s also good news that we will soon sign Atalanta Columbian striker Duván Zapata, and he would be another very good signing.
Finally, for a midfielder maybe we can sign Aaron Ramsey from Juventus, as long as he is willing to take a big pay cut to arrive on Tyneside.
Just 7 days to go in this transfer window, and we still have to sign 3/4 players to significantly strengthen the side.
What do you think?