Newcastle United eye THREE January deals as scouts monitor trio of strikers

Newcastle United are looking to do THREE deals in the January transfer window, according to reports.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 4:45 pm
Genk's Aly Mbwana Samatta pictured during a soccer match between KRC Genk and KAS Eupen, Thursday 26 December 2019 in Genk, on day 21 of the 'Jupiler Pro League' Belgian soccer championship season 2019-2020. BELGA PHOTO YORICK JANSENS (Photo by YORICK JANSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

And the Magpies are keeping tabs on a trio of striker targets ahead of the window opening tomorrow.

Record-breaking £40million forward Joelinton has scored just one goal this season, despite starting every game bar one in the Premier League, while Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle are yet to break their duck this campaign.

As a result, the club are reportedly open to improving their lot in that department and according to the Daily Star Ranger’s Alfredo Morelos is a player liked by Steve Bruce, while Hull City's Jarrod Bowen remains a player high on the manager’s wishlist.

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And further to that, according to the Telegraph, United could also move for Genk forward Mbwana Samatta.

Bruce has gone on the record in the last month or so to play down the prospects of Newcastle signing players in January, but recently he stated the club had ‘irons in the fire’.

Speaking after the weekend loss to Everton, Bruce said: “There are a few plates spinning.

“We will see. I won't act unless it will improve the team. I have to let two or three go if we want to make changes."

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is a player under consideration, with his contract set to run out in the summer, but he is not set to be short of offers, with the England international more likely to leave in the summer.

Danny Drinkwater, out of a favour at Burnley, as well as teammate Dwight McNeil have also reportedly been discussed by the United hierarchy.

Birmingham City wonder kid Jude Bellingham is another player being monitored while Queens Park youngster Reagan Thomson is set to put pen to paper to bolster the development squad.

The problem Bruce faces in January is that he needs to trim his own ranks before they can be added to.

The likes of Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, Jamie Sterry and others could be shown the door in order to free up room while Ki Sung-yeung and Yoshinori Muto are available and United will listen to offers for Dwight Gayle, who is still valued at £15million.