Transfers are among the topics being discussed today as Newcastle United prepare for tonight’s Capital One Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
The build-up to the game has been dominated by talk of unrest in the dressing room at St James’s Park, with Steve McClaren revealing to the Gazette that Cheick Tiote is no ‘bad egg’.
McClaren has also been talking transfers, though, and has admitted that Newcastle are planning a transfer summit.
McClaren, who is now on the board at Newcastle with Graham Carr and Lee Charnley, said they would sit down and discuss January’s strategy, as well as reveiew how successful the summer transfer window was.
“We know that January is coming up and it will be important,” he said.
“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.”
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One player who Newcastle have been heavily linked with in the past is Alexandre Lacazette.
The French forward was a target for Carr last summer, but Newcastle baulked at the asking price.
Reports today, however, have suggested that Chelsea – who Newcastle play in the Premier League on Saturday – have been monitoring the Lyon striker and could make a move for him in January.
Newcastle, of course, have a young striker who is bang in form on their books – Adam Armstrong, who is on loan at Coventry City.
There has been talk of McClaren recalling the 18-year-old from his spell at the League One club, but City boss Tony Mowbray says that would be a bad idea, and could demoralise Newcastle’s other strikers.
“If you are going to stick those players on the bench and play an 18-year-old kid then you’re going to demoralise them because at that money they come with an ego and think they’re going to score goals in the Premier League,” he said.
“It’s their dream then, all of a sudden, an 18-year-old boy sits them on the bench. You have to be careful how you manage the personality of those players.”
Elsewhere, Ross Gregory’s piece on why Fabricio Coloccini should start tonight’s game is trending.