Both Lionel Messi and Marcus Thuram could be available to sign on a pre-contract agreement in January (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)Both Lionel Messi and Marcus Thuram could be available to sign on a pre-contract agreement in January (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
Both Lionel Messi and Marcus Thuram could be available to sign on a pre-contract agreement in January (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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The January transfer window is coming to a close, but there are still plenty of players available for clubs to sign on a pre-contract deal.

The winter window is a notoriously difficult time for sides to try and get transfer business concluded however with clubs often reluctant to lose players midway through the campaign.

One way clubs can avoid this, however, is by signing players on pre-contract agreements. Premier League sides are able to negotiate a pre-contract with players playing outside of the UK from January 1. This pre-contract means players would join on a free transfer once their existing contract expires in the summer.

It is a good way for clubs, like Newcastle, to navigate Financial Fair Play constraints and with the modern game seeing more and more players opting to run down their contracts in order to gain a lucrative move abroad, there are plenty of talented players available for the Magpies to sign on a pre-contract in January.

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