Newcastle transfer targets: Who will Howe sign next?
A look at who could sign for Newcastle?
The cheque book is open and the Saudi Arabian war-chest is waiting and ready to be spent on Tyneside as Kieran Trippier became Newcastle’s first signing of the January transfer window.
The England international swapped the Spanish capital for the north east in a reported £12million deal and it will be interesting to see who follows him through the gates of St James’ Park over the next month.
With Eddie Howe’s side languishing towards the foot of the Premier League table, the recently-appointed gaffer will be anxious to add some talent to his squad as we take a look at some more Newcastle transfer targets.
The signing of Trippier suggests Newcastle should have no problem attracting middle-tier talent to Tyneside – those who would not be out of place in a top-six squad – without having the power to command superstar status.
One man who fits the bill is Ramsey, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus and would fulfil Howe’s need for a reliable central midfielder. For all of Jonjo Shelvey’s efforts are commendable in the black and white shirt, he is not a man a Premier League XI should be built around.
Paying his Juventus salary of over £400,000 a week won’t be an issue for Newcastle and a return to the Premier League could prove too tempting to turn down for the former Arsenal midfielder.
Eager to be playing regular first-team football to boost his chances of helping Wales to their first World Cup in 64 years, Newcastle could represent the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time spent in Turin.
Newcastle are the 7/4 favourites to be Ramsey’s next club and he could provide a touch of class to the Magpies’ midfield.
Another player who could fill Howe’s midfield void at Newcastle is Alli, who could see a move away from Tottenham as a chance to boost his own World Cup hopes.
Earmarked for sometime as a player who could thrive at St James’ Park, the Magpies are favourites to secure his signature next at 3/1.
A key figure in England’s run to the semi-final in 2018, things haven’t gone to plan for Alli since and his career for both club and country has stagnated.
Tottenham are likely to let the 25-year-old leave and a move to the north east, escaping the bright lights of London, could be a wise move for a man once described as the best English midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.
Howe likes to work with players he trusts and it was no surprise that his first signing, Trippier, is someone he has worked with in the past.
One of the Newcastle transfer targets with a similar profile is Mings, who was under Howe’s stewardship at Bournemouth and would help fill the huge gaping hole at the heart of the Toon defence.
It is not certain Aston Villa would be keen to relinquish their skipper, but it would be no surprise if Newcastle tabled a bid in this transfer window.
The Burnley centre-back is another stalwart of the Premier League who could end up on Tyneside.
Out of contract at the end of the season and with the Clarets willing to listen to offers, his signature could prove much more attainable than Mings and the 29-year-old is said to favour a move to Newcastle over West Ham, who are also interested.
Another central defensive option that could prove to be an asset to the Magpies is France international Umtiti, who is out of favour at Barcelona and could be one of the more gettable Newcastle transfer targets.
He has been offered to Newcastle on loan – with a view to a permanent deal in the summer – having made just one appearance at the Nou Camp this season.
The cash-strapped La Liga giants need to cut their wage bill, with Ferran Torres not yet registered despite his £55million arrival from Man City due to issues surrounding salary caps.
The Catalan giants will be thrilled if Newcastle can take Umtiti’s reported £220,000 a week salary off their hands and his experience and defensive pedigree could prove vital to the Magpies in their bid for survival.
The highly-regarded Dutchman has long been one of Newcastle’s transfer targets and looks destined to leave Lille to the highest bidder in January, with the French club in a precarious financial position.
However, the defender is said to prefer a move to AC Milan due to the threat of relegation at St James’ Park and their top-flight struggles could come back to haunt them in the race for the 21-year-old.
Howe enjoys working with impressionable young talent that he can mould to his way of thinking and he will have been alerted to the potential availability of 23-year-old Cantwell.
Out of contract at Norwich at the end of the season, he could prove the perfect foil to others in the heart of Newcastle’s midfield and it is believed a bid of between £15-20million could be enough to tempt the Canaries to cash in.
Aubameyang’s falling out of favour at Arsenal could have come at the ideal time for all parties involved, with a move to the north east tempting for the Gabon captain.
£350,000 a week is a lot of money for the Gunners to leave sat on the bench and the arrival of the Saudi Arabian millions would cover any lofty fees involved in bringing the 32-year-old to Tyneside.
His Premier League record is exceptional and he could prove just the man to replace the goals that could be lacking due to Callum Wilson’s injury.
He is one of a plethora of Arsenal players that have become Newcastle transfer targets in recent weeks.
Newcastle are believed to have been offered the chance to sign Marseille striker Dieng, with a 15million euros price tag slapped on the Senegal international.
However, with the Toon eager to cover Wilson’s injury immediately, the 21-year-old could prove a less than attractive proposition than others on their wish list due to him featuring at the Africa Cup of Nations over the next few weeks.
Although scoring 21 goals in 103 appearances for Liverpool and writing himself into Anfield folklore when slotting home the winning goal in their Champions League triumph over Barcelona, the Belgian forward has never nailed down a regular spot in the Reds’ starting line-up.
Now could be the time for pastures new and he is reported to be high up on Newcastle’s shopping list with Howe hoping to add at least one extra striker to his depleted ranks.
He could cost Newcastle around £7million and looks a more obtainable option than the highly-touted Dusan Vlahovic, who is attracting plenty of Premier League attention.
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Howe took Bournemouth striker Solanke to the south coast from Liverpool in his final season with the Cherries and although struggling under the 44-year-old’s stewardship in the Premier League, he has since thrived in the second tier.
One of the form strikers in the Championship, he has netted 18 times in the league for Bournemouth this term and could be ready for a return to the top flight. He could reunite with his former gaffer as one of the Newcastle transfer targets.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication