I can understand why those positions are priority, with no out and out cover for Paul Dummett at left back or Ayoze Perez in the no10 role should they be missing.
Perez’s form has been very hit and miss this season, with him needing a player to compete with and a player who can bring some quality to the side on a consistent basis.
Here’s a snippet from the Mirror’s piece:
“Newcastle boss Benitez wants four new players in next month, with a no10 and an attacking left back the priorities”
“He has cash to spend, but is also looking at international loans and bargains he knows well from his time on the continent”
It does sound like Miguel Almiron is Rafa’s top target for the number 10 position, if the rumours are to be believed, however there is no doubt that Ashley would prefer a cheaper option – with it seeming that Atlanta will demand a high fee for the MLS star.
Rafa has allegedly been told that the takeover will NOT affect the transfer spending in January, although I find this hard to believe Ashley was reluctant to spend any money when he wasn’t in apparent takeover talks, so I can’t see why that would change because they are!