Eddie Howe has presented a host of January targets to the club’s new owners during a transfer summit on Tyneside, according to a new report from The Mail.
Four centre-backs options were proposed – Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly, German international Matthias Ginter, Lille star Sven Botman and Tottenham’s Joe Rodon.
The same piece also claims that Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny was discussed in the meeting; which featured the club’s current head of recruitment Steve Nickson.
Kelly is a player Howe knows well from his time at Bournemouth. The NUFC boss brought the England U21 international to the South Coast in 2019, signing him from Bristol City in a deal worth £13m.
The Cherries will be reluctant to sell their current captain and star defender in the middle of their promotion push, however, with The Mail also suggesting that an ambitious move for Botman ‘would be difficult’ due to the amount of clubs competing to sign the Dutchman.
Ginter is an intriguing option given he is a 27-year-old ball playing defender whose contract with Borussia Monchengladbach is set to expire at the end of the season, while Rodon could be a handy loan signing after falling down the pecking order under Antonio Conte.
As for Elneny, he is another who is entering the final six months of his current deal. A tidy player who works hard and moves the ball efficiently, but the fact he’ll be with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations in January makes this one seem unlikely?
The likes of Jesse Lingard, James Tarkowski and Kieran Trippier are also believed to be on our radar, however it seems the club will be considering all options ahead of a January window that won’t be easy given our current predicament in the Premier League table.