A bit of a quiet January transfer window so far, it looks like Newcastle United are only going to lose Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon…

The ongoing no manager/head coach debacle is thankfully taking up a canny few column inches, so not as much need as usual to make up transfer stuff to fill the Newcastle United part of the sports pages.

sissokoInstead you just pull a name out of the hat who is out of work and once managed a club somewhere in Europe, then BANG!, you’ve got your back page sorted for next Newcastle Head Coach.

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Back to the players and it is Moussa Sissoko making most headlines, though to be fair he has helped generate much of the speculation himself, with further comments about liking Arsenal and wanting bigger club/Champions League ‘some’ day.

With the Frenchman’s teammates though it looks very much as though it is playing transfer speculation by numbers.

The stories/fantasies so far are;

Krul could go to Manchester United because they will shortly lose De Gea (this is same story from a year ago but then it was Spurs losing Lloris).

Santon for AC Milan – the full-back going back to Italy has been a story ever since he got here, shacked up with a Geordie lass, had a kid together, plus for the entire nine months he was crocked! Only slight change now is that now they’ve thrown a part swap deal into the mix for Milan’s striker M’Baye Niang.

Papiss Cisse to Swansea is a new one but only due to them flogging Bony to Man City. Unless Gomis got crocked it looks most unlikely considering the price should drastically fall if Cisse gets through to the summer and has only a year left on his contract.

Ayoze Perez follows the path of any player doing well at Newcastle, we’re guaranteed to be told we are going to lose them even before we’ve started enjoying watching them – this time the ‘bigger’ club is Manchester United where the Spaniard is going to be whisked away to, though no doubt tomorrow they will just cross out United and put City when they use the story again.

Thankfully we look likely to fight off all the offers for Yoan Gouffran, Mike Williamson and Vurnon Anita….

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