Newcastle United are already drawing up plans for January’s transfer window – and there will be outgoings as well as incomings.
The club is facing another relegation battle after a winless start to the Premier League season.
And there are issues that need to be addressed both on and in the dressing room if the club is to climb the table.
Newcastle invested £50million in its playing staff in the summer, but the bottom-placed club is ready to spend more when the transfer window reopens.
But, significantly, there will also be outgoings, and there are question marks over the futures of a number of senior players, including Cheick Tiote and Papiss Demba Cisse, ahead of the January window.
For his part, head coach Steve McClaren only wants players at the club who are fully committed to the cause.
We know that January is coming up and it will be important.Steve McClaren
And a planned review of the club’s summer transfer business, involving McClaren, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr, has been given an added urgency by United’s predicament.
Speaking last month, McClaren said: “We know that January is coming up and it will be important.
“We talked as a club with Lee and Graham, and said we were going to review the window in a couple of weeks, and the position in January.”
United could also be prepared to make exceptions to the policy of only recruiting players in their early to mid-20s – often with no Premier League experience.
McClaren had been keen for Newcastle to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin in the summer, but the club baulked at his £15million transfer fee.
However, the 26-year-old remains on the club’s “radar”, according to McClaren.
And the club is likely to look more at the British market in January, despite the premium clubs have to pay for domestic talent.
A new multi-billion pound Premier League TV deal kicks in next season, and the financial imperative of top-flight survival could see previous checks and balances on the club’s recruitment over-ridden.