Every January transfer in & out at NUFC – and the 15 ‘targets’ who ended up elsewhere..

That’s it! The January transfer window is officially closed for another year.

Without further adieu, here’s a round up of the players we’ve signed, the players we’ve let go and those who’ve ended up staying – as well as a look at where those strongly (or vaguely) linked with moves to St James’ Park have ended up:


  • Nabil Bentaleb – Loan deal from Schalke (includes option to buy for £8.5m).
  • Valentino Lazaro – Loan deal from Inter Milan (includes option to buy for £20m).
  • Danny Rose – Loan deal from Tottenham (No obligation/option to buy reported as of yet).


  • Ki Sung-yeung – Contract terminated by mutual consent, allowing him to join a new club as a ‘free agent’ as of tomorrow.
  • Rolando Aarons – Complete a last-minute loan move to SPL side Motherwell.
  • Kelland Watts – Joined Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.
  • Nathan Harker – Now on trial with Sunderland.

NUFC players who ended up staying:

  • Christian Atsu – Celtic, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Blackburn were all linked with late loan moves, but he’s remained on Tyneside.
  • Dwight Gayle – Forest were linked with a loan bid with a £15m ‘obligation to buy’ if they earned promotion, but nothing came of it.
  • Henri Saivet – Was offered to French side Nimes. Wages no doubt scuppered any exit…again.
  • Jack Colback – Serious knee injury means there was no takers, Another who’ll train with side until his deal expires this summer.
  • Jamie Sterry – Lee Ryder confirmed that he too was being offered out by the club in the final few hours – but no takers.

NUFC ‘targets’ who ended up signing elsewhere:

  • Jarrod Bowen – Completed a £20m move to West Ham. Newcastle unwilling to pay Hull’s asking price.
  • Olivier Giroud – We made TWO separate loan bids but he turned us down and ended up staying at Chelsea; who refused to let him leave after failing to sign a striker.
  • Krzysztof Piatek – Ended up completing a £23m move from AC Milan to Hertha Berlin.
  • Ademola Lookman – Heavily linked earlier in the month. A loan deal looked likely at one stage but RB Leipzig refused to let him leave.
  • Mbwana Samatta – Joined Aston Villa after they activated his £10m release clause at Genk.
  • Paco Alcacer – We were linked with an audacious loan move, but the Spanish striker has ended up signing with Villarreal.
  • Boubakary Soumare – Sky Sports confirmed we’d AGREED a £35m deal with Lille, but the player opted against a move to Tyneside.
  • Karl Toko-Ekambi – We were credited with an interest in the Cameroonian striker, but he ended up swapping Villarreal for Lyon for £17m.
  • Ryan Babel – Linked after a transfer request at Galatasaray, but completed a move to former club Ajax instead.
  • Ibrahima Sissoko – Ended up staying at Strasbourg. Alan Nixon claimed we were in talks, but Lee Ryder said we’re yet to make an approach.
  • Cenk Tosun – Offered to NUFC from Everton, but Bruce said no and he ended up signing for Palace on loan.
  • Davie Selke – BILD claimed we were one of 5 Premier League sides eyeing a late loan move, but the German ended up signing with Werder Bremen today.
  • Salomon Rondon – Guillem Balague claimed we were keen to sign him on loan after the CSL was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak – but Dalian Yifang refused to let him go.
  • Vincent Aboubakar – Portuguese reports claimed we made a late bid, but it seemed unlikely and nothing came of it.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor – The Sun claimed we were considering a surprise move with him keen to come back to England and available on a free.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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