The international break has seen numerous quotes from both Salomon Rondon and Dwight Gayle, the pair saying how much they are enjoying life at their loan clubs.
There will always be an element of thinking, well they would say that, but with Gayle sitting on nine goals already and Rondon back to near full fitness with a two goal man of the match performance against Bournemouth, they no doubt are feeling positive at the minute.
Back in the summer it was widely reported that a swap deal was being negotiated for permanent moves, only for no agreement able to be reached.
The eventual loan swap deal was a last-minute arrangement saving the moves, just before the transfer window closed and indeed after West Brom had already kicked off their season. A £2m balancing fee eventually agree by Newcastle to go to West Brom, which allowed the loan swap to go ahead.
Wednesday morning brings a report from the Northern Echo who say their information is that Newcastle are now pushing to buy Salomon Rondon in January.
They also say that West Brom have given encouragement for a deal to be done, with them wanting Dwight Gayle to also complete a permanent move at the same time.
With both players enjoying their loan moves and neither of them seen as first choice at the clubs who have let them go out on loan, it looks a bit of a no-brainer unless something radically changes.
If both managers want the January moves to happen then it would appear only an unrealistic valuation by Mike Ashley on Gayle could prevent permanent deals happening, just as was the case in the summer.
Having already accepted with the £2m loan balancing payment that Saloon Rondon has a higher value, it surely should be an easy deal to do.
There is also another massive motivation for Newcastle to get a permanent swap agreed according to the Northern Echo, because as it stands, they can’t loan another player from a Premier League club in January.
So, if Rondon is made permanent, it would free up a loan place (you are only allowed two from other English clubs at any one time) which looks pretty essential if Rafa Benitez is to increase the quality of the squad in January.
It is difficult to imagine Mike Ashley suddenly allowing the manager to get anywhere near breaking the 2005 transfer record, which he would surely have to do if buying a striker or creative player who’d look good enough to produce straight away. So another loan, just like last January’s transfer ‘action’, looks most likely if Benitez is to bring in players he sees as instant first choice.
Newcastle can still bring in loans from abroad but the risk factor for them has to be far higher if they have never played in the Premier League before. Martin Dubravka made an amazing instant transition but Rafa Benitez would do very well to repeat that kind of success.
With the pair aged 29 (Rondon) and 28 (Gayle), they need first team football at this stage of their career and need to be at clubs who want them, all the boxes seem to be ticked at the moment for permanent transfers to happen in six weeks time.