Downie – the north-east’s reporter for Sky – is also backing us to utilise the loan market once again, and believes that Ki Sung-Yeung, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto could leave, with Jack Colback and Henri Saivet ‘almost certain’ to depart on loan this month.
Here’s what he’s had to say during his latest piece for Sky Sports ahead of the January transfer window:
“Newcastle need to add in the final third, so expect them to go looking for a striker and a winger in the January window. However, having broken their club transfer record on the past two windows, it is more likely they will look to explore the loan market next month to fill those positions.
“The £40m striker Joelinton has failed to deliver so far so Steve Bruce will look you bring in another number nine to compete with the Brazilian and Andy Carroll – most likely from abroad. And with key man Allan-Saint Maximin sitting out the start of the year with a hamstring tear the Newcastle boss will look to bring in another body out wide.
“Hull’s Jarrod Bowen remains a key target with his contract running down and I would not be surprised to see him arrive from the Championship.”
On outgoings, Downie then had this to say, naming five players who could leave in the new year:
“Space in Steve Bruce’s 25-man Premier League squad would have to be freed up to bring in new signings, and Ki Sung-Yeung, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto are the most vulnerable, with Jack Colback and Henri Saivet almost certain to go out on loan.”
Bowen is mentioned as a key target of Bruce’s, but with a lot of emphasis also placed on the loan market and our ability to raise funds next month, I get the feeling we’ll be relying on loans unless we successfully cash in on the likes of Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto.
Who would you like to see us target in January?