Newcastle United might be operating under tight constraints due to the Financial Fair Play rules but that won’t seemingly be enough to stop them from trying to land at least three players—one per outfield line on the field—throughout the upcoming winter transfer window.
That’s what Chris Waugh and George Caulking of The Athletic are hearing and reporting, as can be found in full in the piece they published on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Here’s a little summary of the information they have been able to get from different sources close to the club, mostly related to the transfer strategy getting mapped by NUFC ahead of January’s window.
- Transfer shortlists are being prepared
- There are transfer targets at multiple positions, although priorities are uncertain and not set in stone at this point
- The priorities might vary depending on how the current precarious injury situation changes in the next five weeks
- Newcastle is considering a “creative” use of resources, exploring loan signings with options or obligations to buy after the initial deal runs out
- Premier League rules allow two domestic loans, and Newcastle still has one slot available, along with international deals
- Eddie Howe prefers first-team-ready players with versatility, preferably with Premier League or top-level European experience
- A midfield replacement for Tonali is sought to lessen the creative burden on Bruno Guimaraes
- Defensive midfielders and No 8s, including Kalvin Phillips, are being considered—a loan deal may be preferable
- Another forward is deemed necessary, especially after Wilson’s recent injury and track record—former target and current PSG youngster Hugo Ekitike is mentioned, along with Serhou Guirassy of Stuttgart
- The need to reinforce the center-half position is highlighted in the report
On top of that, the pundits also touched on the tough adjustment to Champions League play and European competitions being played parallel to the Premier League and the domestic cups, the owners of Newcastle showing full support for the team and Howe even under the average start to the season, and the focus on steady improvement without going overboard when it comes to the next goals and aspirations of the club.