‘Newcastle are going to spend big in January’
Newcastle United are ‘going to spend big’ in the next transfer window according to Sky Sport pundit Danny Higginbotham.
By the time the January transfer window opens, the Championship season will be more than halfway through, with eight more games between now and the new year taking us up to the 24 match mark.
Rafa Benitez and the club will have a decent idea by then as to how the season is panning out and before that January window shuts, another four games will have gone, with only 18 remaining.
With some £30m+ surplus from player buys/sales in the summer and another near £10m guaranteed to be banked in summer 2017 after Florian Thauvin triggered a permanent move to Marseille at the end of the season, United are in a good place financially (thank you Spurs, Liverpool and Watford) this season as well as on the pitch.
It would be a major surprise if Rafa doesn’t invest and bring in further signings aimed at ensuring promotion AND hopefully preparing for life back in the Premier League.
The biggest challenge of course is likely to be competing with all the clubs in the Premier League, who for one reason or another will be looking to strengthen their squads as well.
Danny Higginbotham also predicts that Aston Villa and Brighton will be spending sizeable money as well.
You can only assume Steve Bruce agreed to take the Villa job based on guarantees of money to spend, despite Roberto di Matteo spending/wasting a fortune this summer already.
The Sky Sports pundit sees Brighton’s priority as being to strengthen up front.
Currently clear in second place, the south coast club have scored nine goals less (34 v 25) than Newcastle and have been heavily reliant on 33 year old loan striker Glenn Murray, who is top scorer with nine. Next highest is winger Anthony Knockaert, a summer target for Newcastle, with six goals.
Danny Higginbotham talking on Sky Sports:
“I think Newcastle are going to spend big (in January), Villa will too.
“I think teams up there and around there are going to.
“When you look at Brighton, you would think they possibly need another centre-forward.”
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