Good morning, Toon Army. A couple of injury notes and some new names being thrown around as we near the end of January.
Hatem Ben Arfa will arrive in Newcastle at the beginning of next month to work on completing his recovery from a broken leg. The organization says they will give him as much time as he needs. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)
Alan Smith's ankle injury will likely keep him out for the rest of the season. (The Guardian)
Gateshead boss Ian Bogie has interest in extending the loans of James Tavernier and Joan Simun Edmundsson. (BBC Sport)
Alan Pardew had another meeting with Mike Ashley about possible transfer movement. (MirrorFootball)
34 year-old midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has not really lived up to his billing at Stuttgart, and his name has popped up in connection to the Magpies. If he's as cheap as the article seems to suggest he might be, I think this could be a good gamble. Pardew needs depth at midfielder and he could potentially play sort of a mentor role. Besides, we already know that he looks good in a black and white striped kit. (Sportingo)
The Toon are being connected to Villa flop Stephen Ireland, who commands a lot of wage and doesn't really seem to be a fit for St James' Park at all. (The Daily Mail)