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NUFC owners still hope to bring in 6 more Newcastle United signings this week – Report

4 months ago
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Two Newcastle United signings made in January, so far.

Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood signed in the first fortnight of this transfer window, that timing allowing them to both play in the two Premier League matches Newcastle have played this month.

Four points out of six collected and it should have been all six, really bad individual errors by Jamaal Lascelles and Miguel Almiron allowing Watford to equalise with only two minutes of the ninety remaining.

Would Newcastle have still picked up four (should have been six) points if these two Newcastle United signings hadn’t come in? I don’t think so. Which to me makes this January window already a success up to a significant point.

Kieran Trippier has been excellent and over the course of his three hours of NUFC Premier League football so far, has been Newcastle’s best player.

As for Chris Wood, fair to say that he hasn’t really clicked yet, BUT I would argue that without him and if Kieran Trippier had been the only new signing available for these two January PL matches, then Newcastle would have had less points from the two games, potentially none. With Callum Wilson out for at least a couple of months, Newcastle United literally would have had no natural striker to play against Watford, if Chris Wood (or another forward hadn’t arrived). Similarly, whilst Wood wasn’t great on his return to Leeds on Saturday, he did work hard and gave Newcastle a focus and long out ball at times, so for me he played a part in the win and definitely a better option than Dwight Gayle, who only returned to training last week after injury / illness.

This 2022 January transfer window closes next Monday (31 January) at 11pm, so what can we hope for in these next seven and a half days of remaining transfer action?

Monday morning has brought an interesting update from The Athletic, who have been consistently excellent in providing updates and info behind the scenes on what is going on at NUFC since the new owners arrived, including the action (or lack of it) on the Newcastle United signings front.

They report that in this remaining week and a few hours of the window that remains, the NUFC owners and Eddie Howe are still hoping to make as many as six more Newcastle United signings, on top of Wood and Trippier. The Athletic saying that ideally, by the time we get to 11pm on the final day of January, Newcastle will have recruited two central defenders, a left-back, a holding midfielder, an attacking midfielder and another forward.

This would obviously make it a remarkable final week of the transfer window if another half a dozen players came in. It is very unlikely but not totally impossible. After all, when faced with possible relegation back in January 2013, Mike Ashley suddenly found a way to buy five players in the space of a couple of weeks. Not even any of them loans.

Not saying it is going to be easy in any way BUT I do see every chance that there could be at least four Newcastle United signings in the remaining time left. At least some of them I think are guaranteed to be loans, either purely loans or ones with some kind of potential buying element at the end of the season if all parties want to go ahead (if Newcastle stay up!).

The final stages of a transfer window are always when you see most loan deals going through, so I think the fact that Newcastle haven’t managed to bring in any loan signings so far is largely irrelevant, in terms of how likely loan deals will be made in this final week. So many clubs and players holding on until late to see what the situation is, before making any decision. With no loan players at the club currently, Newcastle United can bring in two January loans from other Premier League clubs, plus however many from overseas if they choose to.

I hope and expect though that there will be at least one or two buys amongst the Newcastle United signings that will be made in these remaining days of the window. Not as easy to do as loans maybe BUT United have clearly been in trying to buy a number of players and whilst selling clubs will have seen no harm in stalling during this months so far, no matter what their true intentions are (whether to sell or not), it now becomes a case of them having to make final decisions on whether or not they really aren’t up for taking the money on offer, from Newcastle or whoever.

In this latest update from The Athletic, they run through a number of options that they still see as live when it comes to Newcastle potentially bringing them in this month, with top of that list whether Sevilla are going to reach agreement on a selling fee for Diego Carlos. The report saying that if not, other possibilities exist such as Liverpool’s Nat Phillips.

Meanwhile, the report says that Bayer Leverkusen are open to selling Mitchel Bakker, with both The Athletic and numerous other media seeing this one likely to happen, the left sided Dutch 21 year old defender highly likely to come to St James Park.

Talks are also still ongoing as Newcastle try to sign Jesse Lingard, whilst other Premier League attacking midfielders also under consideration, probably on loan, if Lingard deal proves not possible.

The Athletic say that negotiations are going on simultaneously with various targets (representatives) and clubs for the different positions that need strengthening. So if the top target isn’t able to be signed, work has already gone on in preparing possible deals for alternatives.

Amongst other ideal potential signings, today’s report lists Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, Atalanta forward Duvan Zapata, Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, plus other midfielders such as Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and Amadou Haidara of RB Leipzig.

These of course are not all expected to sign for Newcastle this month, indeed, it would be amazing if any of the most highly regarded midfielders and forwards named, actually signed, because they are a lot harder to recruit in January than defenders, in my opinion.

One other opinion I am happy to share, is concerning the trip to Saudi Arabia, from a transfer window perspective.

Many in the media had claimed that a major obstacle / hindrance to Newcastle United getting signings in, was due to the decision makers being so far apart, geographically. With the Saudi PIF element of the ownership having to deliberate on and sign off any Newcastle United signings.

Well, now that the likes of Amanda Staveley are in Saudi Arabia this week, along with the first team squad and coaching staff. I have seen plenty of media claiming that the fact Amanda Staveley and others are not back in the UK / Newcastle it will be harder to get transfers completed. I would say it is the exact opposite and that others, such as agents and head of NUFC recruitment Steve Nickson, can be still on the ground in the UK working on transfers and coordinating the flow of information and updates. Whilst having Amanda Staveley in close proximity to the Saudi PIF decision makers is a huge plus, especially if we are talking about significant transfer fees to be paid.

No football action on the pitch for the next fortnight BUT plenty action set to happen off it, when it comes to transfer activity in the final week of the window. Also part of that will be surely a number of outgoing deals, probably mainly loans, as current NUFC players find that they aren’t going to be part of the senior 25 man Newcastle United squad for the final three and a half months of this Premier League season.

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