An insight into Newcastle’s January transfer plans has been provided recently.
Newcastle must spend in January
Eddie Howe was named as Newcastle’s new head coach last month.
Howe joined whilst facing up to the mammoth task of keeping the North East outfit in the top-flight.
At present, though, that seems pretty unlikely after 18 games of the campaign. Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier League table, and have so far picked up just one win this term.
They also have the worst defence at present, having conceded a hefty 41 goals in 18 games.
In turn, given the size of the task facing Howe, it seems imperative that Newcastle spend well in the upcoming January transfer window.
And the club’s new boss is seemingly being backed to do so, with it reported that the former Bournemouth man could have £50m to spend in the winter market, as well as bringing some players in on loan.
Now, as we edge closer to January, an insight into who Newcastle are targeting has been revealed.
Newcastle’s January plans
As reported by Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle are planning to sign one or two centre backs in January, with defender Lille’s Sven Botman top of the list.
It is added that the Magpies are waiting for an answer from Lille about the final price tag of the Dutchman.
Romano also claims Newcastle are looking for a new right-back, though no specific name is mentioned.
Newcastle are planning to sign one or two centre backs in January. Dutch defender Sven Botman is still top of the list, waiting for an answer from Lille about final price tag. ⤵️🇳🇱 #NUFC
Newcastle are also looking for a new right back. Work in progress.https://t.co/8KhQjfFUMS
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 24, 2021
Given that Newcastle have the worst defence in the Premier League right now, it would make sense for them to be targeting several players in this area. But will the arrivals come too late to save their season?