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Newcastle United again linked with scores of players but no signing

Picking through the rumor mill isn’t easy, and it’s only going to get harder.

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Once Newcastle United shelled out over £40m for Joelinton, I knew that there were going to be rumors galore about the club and other players within that price range. Now that it would appear that the club is willing to spend (of course using the metric of Mike Ashley as the owner of the club) a bit more on players, why wouldn’t the club be linked to more players that could potentially benefit the club in the long run?

And that’s a fair assessment. Perhaps the club is willing to dip a little deeper in the transfer market this January to fill in some gaps within the squad. Especially striker, as Joelinton has not succeeded in that role, and there are reasons for that.

But since the end of December and the beginning of January, the club has been linked with dozens of players. Players I’m sure both Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley have identified as players they may want, as is usually the case. But in the day and age of Newcastle United spending more than £40m on a single player, the idea that the club may again go for an expensive striker or winger isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

In fact, it may be just what they’re planning to do.

Joelinton is turning out to be quite the expensive disappointment, and any Newcastle fan could have told you that that was going to be precisely the case when the Brazilian signed for the club. He’s not a bad player by any means, but he may need some assistance to become more effective.

Bring in the transfer market rumors, where Newcastle United is expected to bring in at least one new striker or even winger, to balance out the front as well as provide a much needed spark that should get the club back on a winning track.

But here we are with no signings. The club may make one statement signing, but if that’s the case, that’s the only signing that will be made, despite the many gaps within the club itself.

I’m just waiting for Ademola Lookman to be completed.