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Newcastle have finally got their first win in the Premier League after beating fellow strugglers Burnley but despite the win the Magpies are still in the relegation zone, three points from safety.
With the January transfer around the corner, Eddie Howe’s men will undoubtedly need reinforcements to help them stay in the top-flight for another season. Vast amounts of funds will be available from the Saudi-led consortium, so here are five targets Newcastle may look towards to help them beat the drop.
James Tarkowski- Burnley
Tarkowksi is a player that has been long mooted for a switch to Tyneside. The 29-year-old is an experienced Premier League defender who would no doubt shore up Eddie Howe’s defence that have already conceded 30 goals this season. It may be tricky to prise him away from relegation rivals but with Tarkowksi out of contract in the summer an eye-watering offer may see the Clarets accept.
Aaron Ramsey- Juventus
This may be a risk as the Welshman has struggled with injury and form this season, only playing 112 minutes for Massmiliano Allegri’s men this season. On his day though, the Juventus man could provide a much-needed creative spark in midfield as seen in flashes during the Eros in the summer. It will be interesting to see if Newcastle would want to pay Ramsey his £400,000 a week that he is on in Turin or if he would have to take a pay cut to join the Premier League strugglers.
Sven Botman- Lille
Another defender on the list is Dutch defender Sven Botman. The 21-year-old was instrumental in his sides shock Ligue 1 title win last season and would be another shrewd addition at the back for Newcastle. It has been reported that the French side would be reluctant to let him go, but a fee in the region of £40 million may test the cash strapped club’s resolve. Whether Botman himself would leave a side that may be in the Champions League knockout stages in the new year for a team with a risk of playing in the Championship next season remains to be seen.
Jason Knight- Derby County
This may be the most realistic signing Newcastle could make in January. With Derby in financial ruin and facing what seems to be inevitable relegation to League 1, the Rams may have to part ways with some of their young stars. Knight has reportedly attracted interest from several Premier League clubs following his impressive performances in the second tier. The 20-year-old has also impressed on the international stage for the Republic of Ireland with two assists in the last window. Extremely versatile, being able to play in numerous positions across the middle of the park and with an eye for goal, the signing of Knight would be a great acquisition for the Magpies as they look to build a good young core.
From quite a realistic target to the most unrealistic in this list. This more than likely not going to happen but in the highly unlikely event that it did, this would be a real statement signing. The Brazilian winger has been nothing short of brilliant this season for Ajax and sits second on the table with 5 assists so far in the Champions League. Pairing the tricky wide man in a frontline with Allan Saint-Maximin would cause any defence serious issues and certainly get bums off seats in the Gallowgate End. As with Botman however, it is highly improbable Antony would switch the Champions League knockouts for a relegation dogfight.