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Watching their last two Premier League meetings against Everton and Southampton be scrapped over the past week, all eyes will undoubtedly now fall on what could be a hectic January transfer window for Newcastle.
Still fighting hard for it at the foot of the table and in a real scrap to maintain their top status this season, by fans around St. James’ Park that it is important for their super rich owners to immediately spray the money.
Controversially taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium back in October, it’s no secret that the Magpies are associated with a host of European top names, now that the window has reopened.
Expected to tense their new financial muscles over the coming weeks, we have taken a look at a few stars that have been linked with a move to the Northeast.
Kieran Trippier – Atletico Madrid
Only by showing a host of defensive problems under both Steve Bruce and new boss Eddie Howe this season, there is no doubt that Newcastle are desperate to bring in reinforcements right away.
While the January transfer window may have only opened a few days ago, it looks like the Magpies are close to announcing what would be a conspicuous first arrival to St. Louis. James’ Park.
When Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone made it clear at the weekend that he expects Kieran Trippier to leave the Spanish capital, Sky Sports reported on Saturday that Newcastle have made an official bid for the English national team player.
Rumors of having already agreed a deal that would see him become the highest paid player in Newcastle’s history, The Sunday Telegraph has also reported that the 31-year-old’s arrival could be announced in a matter of days.
Sven Botman – Lille
Although all indications are that Trippier will be the first new arrival to St. James’ Park over the next few days, Howe has reportedly made it clear he further wants to add a fighting defense.
In what would undeniably be a real statement of intent for the Premier League relegation players, The Daily Mail suggested over the weekend that the former Bournemouth boss had his eye on one of Europe’s most in-demand central defenders.
Played a crucial role when Lille shockingly claimed the Ligue 1 title last season and it has been reported in France that Sven Botman is on his way this month.
A Dutch U21 international who has only continued to receive a wealth of praise while on Champions League tasks this season, Newcastle are reportedly keen to sign a £ 30million deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal
While Newcastle may open 2022 right in the heart of a relegation scrap, it does not appear to have dampened the Magpies’ expectations of what they can achieve this month.
As attacking talisman Callum Wilson faces another lengthy period on the sidelines with a calf injury, The Sunday Mirror shocked many over the weekend when they suggested Howe’s team had their eyes set on a true Premier League star.
In what would be a blockbuster move, it was reported that Newcastle have already contacted Arsenal about a potential deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to St. Petersburg. James’ Park.
Currently in north London’s limbo following a public altercation with Mikel Arteta last month, The Sunday Mirrors’ report suggests Howe’s men are hoping to complete a £ 20m summer move.
Georginio Wijnaldum – PSG
As he dealt with a real injury crisis in the North East and with Isaac Hayden now ruled out for two months with a knee injury, it has been suggested over the weekend that Newcastle are eager to bring back one of their former stars.
Making it clear last month that he is not happy in Paris after moving from Liverpool on a free transfer, it is believed that PSG are already willing to let Georginio Wijnaldum leave this month.
Hoping to secure an immediate Premier League return before the window slams shut, The Daily Star suggests Howe’s men will try to carry out a sensational battle.
To help Liverpool lift both the Champions League and Premier League titles during their five-year stay at Anfield, there is no doubt that Wijnaldum would be welcomed back to St. Petersburg. James’ Park with open arms.