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Newcastle United January transfer window : Update on four Newcastle targets – Report

3 weeks ago
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We are now into the third day of the Newcastle United January transfer window.

No official announcements of signings completed but plenty of talking.

Fans looking at the key dates, with a massive relegation (minimum) six-pointer coming up against Watford on Saturday 15 January.

A match that could potentially see Newcastle United step out of the relegation zone, supporters naturally hoping that by then, one or more January signings will be in a position to help get what looks an essential victory.

That game kicking off what looks a key period of four games, with home matches against Watford, Everton and Villa, plus an away game at Leeds in amongst the trio of St James Park ones.

Hopes of a series of transfer targets already signed, sealed and delivered in time for New Year’s Day haven’t materialised, so where exactly are we at with this Newcastle United January transfer window?

An interesting update from The Telegraph on Monday, giving an update on where they understand the position(s) to be with four of Newcastle United’s potential January signings.

Luke Edwards covers Newcastle United for The Telegraph and in giving his update declares it is ‘Based on conversations on the phone with people who know what’s going on. It’s going to be a very long month…’

So with four weeks to go until the Newcastle United January transfer window closes (on 31 January 2022), what does the man from The Telegraph believe is the situation(s)?

Sven Botman 

The report leads with the 21 (turns 22 on 12 January) year old defender, reporting that Lille have told Newcastle that the central defender is not for sale. The French club wanting the Dutch Under 21 player to at least stay until the end of the season, as they are in the Champions League knockout stage and face Chelsea in February for a place in the quarter-finals.

However, Edwards adds that their information is that Sven Botman is interested in signing for Newcastle United and ‘is fascinated by the project that is being launched by the club’s new Saudi Arabian owners.’

Another positive (and simple statement of reality these days), is that the Telegraph say that situation around the £30m rated defender could change, especially if Botman pushes for the deal to happen.

James Tarkowski

Burnley another club who don’t want to lose their central defender, especially to a relegation rival.

However, once again two strands of reality could help push a deal if Newcastle United push their interest.

Those strands of reality being that once again, if the player wants a move then more often than not these days the transfer will indeed happen. Whilst The Telegraph point out the obvious, that Burnley will be set to get nothing for Tarkowski if not selling him this month, as his contract ends in June (2022). The report saying that Sean Dyche landing a suitable replacement in this window, would then very likely be a final tipping point from Burnley’s side of things.

Kieran Trippier

The Telegraph very upbeat with this one – ‘Newcastle are far more confident they will land England international Kieran Trippier this week despite the fact the 31-year-old started for Atletico Madrid against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.’

The report says that no transfer fee is so far agreed, however, numerous reports elsewhere have claimed that there is agreement between player and Newcastle United, with only that transfer fee to be sorted. Trippier has a £31m release clause that could be activated anyway BUT Simeone has said they wouldn’t stand in the player’s way and realistically Newcastle will pay no more for the 31 year old than the £20m Atletico Madrid paid to Spurs back in 2019.

Trippier very much delayed his departure from the pitch yesterday as he appeared to be thanking the fans and saying his final farewell.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The Telegraph say that currently, Newcastle United are not considering a loan move for the Holland international. However, there is a potential for that to change if other NUFC targets are not landed, with a loan move for Wijnaldum then a possibility in late January.

The former Newcastle United midfielders had only been given five Ligue 1 starts by PSG since August and started only three of their Champions League matches. The 31 year old a class act but amusingly, has scored only 17 league goals in the last five and a half years, compared to 11 PL goals in his one NUFC season. Wijnaldum tending to be used in a more withdrawn role since his one season relegation experience with NUFC.

Talking about the challenges of this Newcastle United January transfer window overall, Telegraph state: ‘The club are well aware of the fact that the prices they are being quoted for players is higher than others are being given, which is causing some early issues in their recruitment drive. But they are determined to work through these problems and will not be panicked into spending ridiculous sums of money on players, despite the wealth of their new owners.’

It is all about balance.

We all know that Newcastle United desperately need added quality if we are to have confidence of avoiding relegation BUT spending far more than players are worth, isn’t a great way to kick things off.

I think signings are definitely going to be made this month and obviously landing the first credible signing, very likely Kieran Trippier, will calm more than a few fans.

When you support a club that has been a total shambles for a decade and a half, it is understandable that for many fans, seeing will be believing.

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