I would welcome any signing who came in today who improved the Newcastle first team but am I daft to think that Kieran Gibbs would be a far more exciting signing than Saido Berahino?

Maybe ‘exciting’ is the wrong word and I should really say ‘effective’.

This transfer window has followed the pattern of so many others that have gone before, with Newcastle appearing to totally ignore the defence.

However, the last 24 hours have seen us linked by a number of media with the out of favour Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs.

The 26 year old has been replaced this season by the excellent Nacho Monreal, no shame in that, and has only started two Premier League matches.

Desperate to make England’s Euros squad, the player must be wondering whether cup appearances for Arsenal will be enough to get him on the plane.

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Kieran Gibbs has been first choice for Arsenal in recent seasons, until Monreal took his chance, despite frequent injuries. A move on loan could certainly suit both Gibbs and Newcastle if Arsene Wenger was willing to let his back-up left-back make the move.

Like all the speculation today, you won’t know what to believe until you see the proof, but seeing Kieran Gibbs and Andros Townsend on that left-hand side would/could be a potent combination.

With Sissoko and Janmaat on the other side, it would give a whole new dimension to Newcastle’s attacking strength.

In one move, Gibbs could help massively to improve our shocking defensive weaknesses (only QPR conceded more last season, only Norwich and Sunderland this time), especially in that left-back position, whilst at the same time combining with Townsend to create mischief at the other end of the pitch.

Whilst another striker, especially a quality goalscorer like Berahino, would of course be a big boost, I would then wonder who of our decent players (Mitrovic, Perez…) might make way, whereas it would be a no-brainer to put a player of Kieran Gibbs’ quality straight in.

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