According to Eurosport, Eddie Howe is hoping to be reunited with Nathan Ake at Newcastle United in January.
However, the same report states that possible moves for Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley are in ‘severe doubt’ as the likes of Man Utd, Tottenham and Chelsea are hugely reluctant to do business with us.
They are believed to be three clubs who were strongly against the Saudi takeover and fear they could harm their own prospects going forward should they help keep us up.
As for Ake, it’s thought Man City are one of few Premier League clubs who’ve been on our side over the past month, meaning a move for the Dutchman ‘might be possible.’
He’s struggled for game time under Pep Guardiola since he made the £40m move from Bournemouth following their relegation, however it remains to be seen if they’d let him leave as the first option behind Dias, Stone and Laporte.
Ake was one of Howe’s star performers on the South Coast and could be an ideal signing at St James’ Park, being the sort of athletic, ball-playing centre-back we’re sorely lacking.
Here’s a snippet from Eurosport’s piece, which suggests there could be £50m to spend in January:
Newcastle United are adding Nathan Ake to their list of targets but their January transfer plans have suddenly become more complicated.
The club will look to invest around £50 million in the market when it reopens but it has emerged that many Premier League clubs are not willing to do business with them in the next window as there is a general feeling of ill-will about their takeover – and also the harm they could inflict on their own clubs by helping Newcastle avoid relegation this season.
It means deals for players like Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley are suddenly in severe doubt before any progress has been made.
Howe will have some say in targets that are pursued and it is understood one man he would be keen to sign is Manchester City’s Ake – who he worked with at Bournemouth.
City are aware of the feeling among most elite English clubs refusing to do business with Newcastle but are not believed to be one of the teams with a strong opinion on doing so – meaning a deal might be possible.