Who knows who Newcastle United are going to sign in the January transfer window, if anybody, but…

What is clear is that Newcastle are now in deep relegation trouble and what is also clear, is that all of the clubs around them are going to be trying to spend their way out of trouble.

So what will Mike Ashley’s and Newcastle United’s answer be to that?

United are being linked with numerous players but fans fear that the same old underlying transfer ‘strategy’ will remain, players who may be able to be bought for a value that could increase in the future.

What that almost certainly means is that it is pretty much impossible to buy any established Premier League player, as everybody already knows their good and bad points, so the player is priced accordingly by the selling club.

The reason players from abroad at least appear better value, is because there is the unknown – they have played at a certain level/quality in their own weaker league (Belgium, France, Holland, Luxembourg..) but can they transfer that form to the Premier League?

No surprisingly there is a far higher failure rate on those from abroad.

Two transfer stories this morning, both from Newcastle United’s media partner The Mirror, appear to indicate Newcastle won’t be changing their policy when it comes to buying players:

Mirror story on Jonjo Shelvey, turns 24 next month, established Premier League regular who is also an England international –

‘Jonjo Shelvey is inching towards a move to Crystal Palace after Newcastle United were lukewarm over his salary demands…

The England international is on his way out of the Liberty Stadium and was believed to be on his way to the North East.

But it appears that his determination to be among the highest earners at St James’s Park has led to the Eagles sneaking ahead in the race to secure his signature.’

The Mirror on 25 year old Henri Saivet of Bordeaux, has only played in France and made four starts for Senegal –

‘Newcastle are set to increase their £3million bid for Bordeaux midfielder Henri Saivet.

Toon’s opening offer was rejected by the Ligue 1 club…Newcastle are expected to be back with an improved bid.

The Magpies are willing to offer Saivet a five-and-a-half-year deal as they look to see off interest from a string of Premier League rivals.’

The odds are we won’t sign either player but on everything you know from previous experience, no sane person would think there is more chance of Mike Ashley allowing money to be spent on Shelvey ahead of Saivet.

Players who have already shown they can do it in the Premier League and have every chance of hitting the ground running, are exactly what Newcastle need.

You only need to look at Thauvin and Mitrovic to see that even if you pay over £25m for a couple of promising young players from foreign leagues, the odds are that they will need time. I would even say that Wijnaldum and Mbemba will be far better players next season, after their first mad season at St James Park.

By all means look abroad to widen the net for players who can improve NUFC but it is surely plain stupidity, to not include in the mix other players who can add other qualities, such as those already who have shown they can do it in the Premier League.

Newcastle’ season is on a knife edge and it looks all too certain which way we are going to fall when it comes to transfers.

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