According to Football Insider, the new owners of Newcastle United look set to change their approach ahead of the January transfer window.
They claim that the Saudi-consortium believe it will be unrealistic to sign top players on permanent deals when in the middle of a relegation battle, meaning loan signings – with options to buy where possible – will be pursued instead.
The report claims that initial plan was to ‘spend big’, however it’s said club leaders will now opt for a more pragmatic approach this winter.
We are believed to be laying the groundwork to sign a host of players on loan deals, with us keen to include an ‘option to buy’ on the basis we stay up.
This should be taken with a pinch of salt, however this could actually make some sense.
After all, any top player arriving for big money in January may be coming for the wrong reasons. Not only that, we’d be stuck with someone who doesn’t want to be here should the worst happen and we go down.
If this were to be true, we’d have two domestic loan slots to fill – meaning we could target the likes of Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard – with a couple of overseas loan slots also available to us.