The January transfer window was a major topic at Rafa Benitez’ press conference on Tuesday.
The United boss quizzed on not just if and when he would bring players in – but also having to deal with the headlines claiming owner Mike Ashley was now interfering in transfers once again and undermining the Manager.
Rafa confirming that as far as he was concerned nothing had changed and that Newcastle had targets lined up, with the Manager having a number of options to go for.
It is now only 13 days until the January Transfer Window ends on Tuesday 31 January and so far, Championship clubs have brought in 22 new players.
These are the signings so far, as published by BBC Sport:
Marvin Sordell [Coventry – Burton] Free
Luke Varney [Ipswich – Burton] Free
Milan Djuric [Cesena – Bristol City] Undisclosed
Jens Hegeler [Hertha Berlin – Bristol City] Undisclosed
Sam Johnstone [Manchester United – Aston Villa] Loan
Julien de Sart [Middlesbrough – Derby] Loan
Izzy Brown [Chelsea – Huddersfield] Loan
Morgan Fox [Charlton – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
Greg Halford [Rotherham – Cardiff] Undisclosed
Ibrahim Meite [Harrow Borough – Cardiff] Undisclosed
Luke Murphy [Leeds – Burton] Loan
Bailey Wright [Preston – Bristol City] Undisclosed
Jakob Haugaard [Stoke – Wigan] Loan
Pablo Hernandez [Al-Arabi – Leeds] Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori [Liverpool – Reading] Undisclosed
David Nugent [Middlesbrough – Derby] Undisclosed
Kazenga LuaLua [Brighton – QPR] Loan
Craig Gardner [West Brom – Birmingham] Loan
Sam Winnall [Barnsley – Sheffield Wednesday] Undisclosed
Callum Connolly [Everton – Wigan] Loan
Kieffer Moore [Forest Green – Ipswich] Undisclosed
Jordan Spence [Unattached – Ipswich]
Interesting to see just who has recruited so far.
Exactly half of the deals so far, have seen clubs in the bottom eight bring in 11 players between them, to try and ward off relegation.
Another four deals have been done by clubs in lower mid-table (Villa, Birmingham and Ipswich) who have no realistic chance of promotion.
Whilst the five clubs currently in positions 3rd to 7th have all brought in at least one player, with Derby and Sheffield Wednesday the most active with two each.
Neither of the top two have dipped their toes in yet and interesting to see if Brighton, as well as Newcastle of course, make a move.
Rafa Benitez has indicated that there’s a strong chance any incoming players are likely to be on a loan basis initially and 11 (half) of these 22 deals above, were either loan arrangements or free agents/transfers.