Newcastle rule out striker signing – but could still sell Moussa Sissoko

INTEREST ... Sissoko.
INTEREST ... Sissoko.

NEWCASTLE United aren’t expecting to sign any players this month, managing director Lee Charnley has revealed.

The managerless Magpies are in need of reinforcements to stop their season from drifting away.

But fans’ hopes of signing a much-needed striker this month – with Papiss Cisse struggling with injury, Emmanuel Riviere yet to score a Premier league goal, and Ayoze Perez risking burn-out in his first season in England – have been dashed by transfer chief Charnley.

He said: “In all honesty, the January window is not one we ever envisaged being particularly active in. That’s partly because of the amount of business we did in the summer but also because January is a difficult market to operate in.

“There are very few options whereby a club can achieve the quality required and also get value. There is often a reason as to why a player might be available in January.

“We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost. As a general principle, January’s not an attractive window.

“Another important thing to note and something often not mentioned is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we’re currently at 25.”

Midfielder Moussa Sissoko has also been linked with a move away from St James’s Park this month, with Paris St Germain and Arsenal both credited with an interest in the French star.

But Charnley says the club don’t expect to sell any of their players this transfer window – though he refused to rule it out if a big enough bid came in.

He added: “I would never, ever rule out selling anyone because the worst thing I could do is over-promise and under-deliver.

“You will never, ever get me saying never but I would say we’re very difficult sellers.

“We make it very difficult for people to get our players. We put them on long-term contracts. We are not easy sellers, despite that perception.

“As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.”