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Can these 2 essential Newcastle signings be made if Steve Bruce shifts some of the 9 unwanted players?

2 weeks ago
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Will any Newcastle signings happen in January?

Plenty of talk of this happening but what will be the reality.

There has been widespread reporting that there are two big priorities.

Steve Bruce wanting a central midfielder as his top priority, closely followed by another striker (goalscorer!).

However, I think that the reality is that Newcastle United have to at the very least get some current players off the wage bill (or at least somebody to pay part of their wages), even for any decent loan deals to happen.

The likes of Ki Sung-yeung, Yoshinori Muto, Javier Manquillo, Rob Elliot, Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons and Jack Colback clearly have no future at St James Park.

To get a handful of them out in January would at least allow places in the NUFC 25 man senior squad to open up and clear money off the wage bill. At least allowing the possibility of loan deals happening, Newcastle do still have the option of two loans from Premier League clubs, as well as any from abroad.

However, to have any realistic chance of decent money spent on decent signings, particularly the much needed central midfielder and goalscorer, it appears obvious that money needs to be generated through sales.

You would hope that just maybe some of those seven above could raise a few quid by being sold in January but other bigger names need to be traded.

I think clearly Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle aren’t first choice for Steve Bruce and Newcastle would be best off trying to sell them in this next window to raise cash to buy a first team player or two. Plus I think the pair of them are going to decline in value from this point, as well as both having just a year left on their current contracts come the end of the season.

Isaac Hayden also sees his contract end in 2021 and despite claims he might now agree to stay on, I think he is still set to head south and why not trade him in January to bring in a better quality midfielder for the longer-term. Hayden is decent but gives nothing going forward and I still get the feeling he doesn’t really want to be here.

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