The January transfer window is a mere 47 days away for Newcastle fans and I for one can hardly contain my excitement…no, really.

I guess the boredom of the international break has led me to start emptying the barrel of footballing thoughts and got me thinking about just what might happen this January transfer window.

Here are a few questions that need answering:

1) Who will be our Ben Arfa this window?

Which of our out of choice flair players will be cruising around in their Range Rover looking for a new club at the 11th hour this year? Maybe Obertan will be out marauding around Championship clubs hoping that he snags a club and reignite his career, who knows, but after the spectacle of last season’s window, it may well be all we have to look forward to again.

2) Which of our defenders will be sold and not replaced?

We all remember letting Mbiwa and Santon leave, dismayed to not only see Coloccini retained but also made captain this summer.

So could Colo be the one to make way this time around?

Most likely just wishful thinking from some fans. Steven Taylor then? No, it’s unlikely that anyone will take him given his current injury, not to mention his past problems.

I guess we can presume that The Chancellor will not be going anywhere and that Lascelles will stick at it, so that just leaves one man then really; are Newcastle United really about to see the back of Mike Williamson? It will be a ______(fill in the blank) day when we finally send him packing.

3) Who will we definitely not buy?

Well the easy answer here is: NOBODY based on last year’s antics in January. But, we definitely won’t be signing Charlie Austin, nor another striker.

We definitely won’t sign a number 10, as Steve doesn’t play with one and if he should choose to, we have El Crock waiting to bounce back and then break down immediately. So perhaps the more pressing question and the actual reason for this article is:

4) Which positions should we be looking to strengthen in?

Well, given that in many fans’ view, we failed to sufficiently board up our leaking defence last summer, I presume that most would like to see a brand spanking new CB to partner our bright spark Mr Mbemba, I think that goes without saying really.

And if we don’t get one in January, we all know (hope) that we will replace Coloccini next summer, so it might be a better idea to try and bring one in now so he is settled come the start of the next campaign.

For me personally, I would like to see a new CB and a new LB, plus if the kitty stretches far enough a decent tackling, ball playing midfielder.

I would like to target Ryan Shawcross, Bryan Oviedo and Jonjo Shelvey. Bids of around £12m, £6-8m and £15m respectively ought to temp their current clubs in my estimation.

Considering we have been told that SM will have three transfers to build a squad and substantial money available in all three of them, £35m for three players with PL experience would be considered a snip, if indeed my fantasy football picks were to be pulled off.

But what do you think?

In your opinion, what type of players should we look to buy?

Mark one or more below:

I would be curious to hear what other fans think regarding the most critical positions that need to be improved upon in the upcoming window as well as the proposed players that you think would fit the bill.

5) And to finish; perhaps the most pressing question of all: will David Craig have any news at all to report from SJP this upcoming transfer window, or will Sky Sports be once more paying him to do a grand total of sweet FA .

At least it gives us something to natter about during the upcoming week until the Jamie Vardy show rolls into town.

Get stuck in to the comments below and have a good week everyone!

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