Newcastle United's leaked five player January transfer window shortlist valued at £92 million
Newcastle United have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of January transfer targets in an attempt to turn their season around under Eddie Howe.
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Five player January shortlist revealed
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have compiled a shortlist of January transfer targets which includes Lille defender Sven Botman, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly, Tottenham Hotspur defender Joe Rodon as well as Borussia Monchengladbach and Germany centre-back Matthias Ginter.
Lille are reportedly after £40 million for Botman while Elneny, Kelly and Rodon are all valued at £9 million according to Transfermarkt. Ginter is valued at roughly £25 million though it is likely Newcastle would have to pay more in order to pry him away from the German club.
So Newcastle’s five man shortlist has been valued at just shy of £100 million and still would still leave them without any further attacking reinforcements.
It has been reported that Newcastle’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has been leading the transfer planning as the club continues to search for a director of football. The Mail also reported that the club have hired independent recruitment agency Nolan Partners to assist in the search for a director of football.
NUFC legend stresses need for January recruitment
Former Newcastle midfielder Rob Lee believes The Magpies will go down if they fail to bring in suitable reinforcements in January.
The 55-year-old said ‘five or six players’ will be targeted by the club’s new owners in a bid to avoid the drop.
“If Newcastle don’t bring in any reinforcements, we’ll go down," Lee told Coffee Friend. “The players have improved since Eddie Howe has come in, but still, if Newcastle don’t get players in, it’s wise enough to know they aren’t good enough [to keep the club up].
"There’s a reason why Newcastle are where they are.”
Gayle ‘ideal signing’ for West Brom
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Jordan Hugill’s loan at West Bromwich Albion from Norwich City is set to be cut short in January.
This could pave the way for Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle to return to The Hawthorns for another loan spell in January.
West Brom and Championship rivals Nottingham Forest have already been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old forward, who is yet to make a league start for The Magpies this season.
The move would be an initial loan with an option to buy dependent on promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking to Football Insider, former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson said: “I think Dwight Gayle is the best option [for West Brom].
“His opportunities have been limited at Newcastle and they are going to be looking bigger and better now. I think Gayle would be great.
“I thought Karlan Grant would step up in the Championship. That is what his level is. He has proven that he can score a lot of goals there.
“But if they are looking to the Premier League for a loan signing, Gayle would be the man for me. He’d be the ideal signing for them. He is proven at that level.
“You’d think it would be an easy deal to do because he is not playing at Newcastle.”