Newcastle United have already made their first move into the January transfer window and it’s a clear statement of intent that the Magpies will be active to avoid relegation, sitting in 19th place with just one win and 11 points on aggregate.
The Eddie Howe-led club have one of the worst defenses in the league, with 42 goals conceded in just 19 appearances and an all-time worst tally of 80 goals allowed in the 2021 calendar year. But he has helped to fill those gaps by adding England international Kieran Trippier in a $16.2m move from Atletico Madrid. Trippier can play in any full-back position and will bring quality, tenacity and leadership to the club.
But Newcastle won’t just be watching the defensive side of the ball. They’ve only scored 19 goals themselves, which is worse than all but the other two teams in the relegation zone at the start of 2022. So the attacking help will surely come before the end of January.
The Magpies are under new ownership, recently acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. Although there has been some backlash amid the takeover by what essentially amounts to a foreign government, the takeover has taken place and it is expected that there will be significant funds available for reinforcements this winter.
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Below is the updated list of Newcastle player transactions during the January 2022 transfer window and the updated squad list. It will be fascinating to see how much they spend given the real threat of relegation and which players actually want to join the fight to avoid the drop.
Newcastle Transfers: January 2022 Winter Window
|January 7||Kieran Trippier||Defender||31||Atlético Madrid||Transfer of $16.2 million + additions
2.5 year contract + option
|January 13||Chris Wood||Striker||30||Burnley||$33 million transfer|
Newcastle United squad 2021-22
Below is the updated Newcastle United first team list. New additions during the January 2022 window will be shown in bold:
Guardians (4): Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Mark Gillespie, Freddie Woodman.
Defenders (10): Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Federico Fernandez, Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Javier Manquillo, Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier
Midfielders (8): Miguel Almiron, Elliot Anderson, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock.
Forwards (6): Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle, Joelinton, Jacob Murphy, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson.
Newcastle’s current first-choice starting line-up, when fully healthy, currently looks like:
Newcastle projected their starting lineup (4-5-1): Dubravka (GK)—Lewis, Lascelles, Schar, Trippier—Saint-Maximin, Shelvey, Joelinton, S. Longstaff, Fraser—Wilson.
Newcastle saves: Woodman (GK), Gillespie (GK), Clark (CB), Fernandez (CB), Krafth (RB), Manquillo (RB), Dummett (LB), Ritchie (LWB), Hendrick (CM), M. Longstaff (CM ), Almiron (CAM), Anderson (CAM), Murphy (RW), Gayle (CF).
(GK = Goalkeeper; CB = Central Defender; LB = Left Defender; RB = Right Defender; CM = Central Midfielder; CAM = Attacking Midfielder; CF = Center Forward; LW = Left Wing; RW = Right Wing)
Newcastle transfer rumors and news
Here’s the latest on the Newcastle United transfer front based on reports in Europe:
Will Newcastle sign a new striker?
To add to the already sizeable list of Newcastle woes, top scorer Callum Wilson was injured in the game’s festive finale, and suddenly the already thin attack looked even more paltry. Allan Saint-Maximin has also suffered from minor injuries, the target of opponents who often hack the talented winger.
This caused the Magpies to seek attacking reinforcements, and they initially aimed high, with ties to the likes of Luka Jovic and Gabigol .
While these failed to materialize, it looks like the Magpies finally have their new leader, albeit at a steep price. According to John Percy of the Telegraph and Keith Downie of Sky Sports Newcastle have met Burnley striker Chris Wood’s release clause, paying over $27m for the Clarets frontman. Wood has just three Premier League goals in 17 appearances this season but he has done enough to impress Newcastle.
£20m is a lot of money for Wood, but Newcastle are well aware they are running out of time to bring in players. It was imperative that they had at least one striker before Saturday. I try one more second #NUFC
—Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 11, 2022
The 19-year-old Stade Reims striker was also recently mentioned. Hugo Ekitike , with Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports signaling that Newcastle are expected to submit a bid soon. The youngster has a contract until 2024 with the French side, but his eight goals and three assists this season are attracting the Premier League side.
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Newcastle was linked with Moussa Dembele (below) from Lyon in December, and the Daily Mail says he continues to be an option. After breaking through with Fulham, Dembele saw time with Celtic and Lyon before spending the second half of last season on loan at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side have decided not to activate the option to buy, and with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Lyon could be looking to sell this winter.
Magipes definitely need defenders
While Trippier will be a welcome addition, the Magpies have scored enough goals this season to indicate that one player won’t be enough to completely turn things around. Jamal Lascelles has dipped into form this season and his partnership with Fabian Schar has fallen apart. Newcastle have been linked with a million defenders as the club seek to find a deal that suits them, but many of them have fallen apart.
In early January, rumors implicated the Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, whom the Spanish club would have tried to move, motivated by the desire to get rid of his contract and salary. However, Barcelona announced on January 10 that Umtiti had finally agreed to a new contract, likely ending any chance of him leaving the club in winter.
Newcastle could be lucky enough to sign the PSG defender Abdou Diallo, according to a report by journalist Liam Kennedy. The deal would be tricky as Diallo is on duty with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, and if the country progresses deep in the tournament it could disrupt negotiations until the transfer window deadline. The 25-year-old signed for PSG in the summer of 2019 from Borussia Dortmund but failed to find a meaningful starting spot.
from Everton Mason Holgate emerged as an option for Newcastle according to Sky Sports, but the Toffees have reportedly already rejected a loan offer from Trabzonspor and would like to keep the young England defender if possible. Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic reportedly offered to the Magpies, according to The Express, although the 24-year-old has been part of a leaky Fiorentina back line this season, with a mid-January 4-0 loss to Torino marking a low point in their season.
Sven Botman de Lille had been rumored but according to Luke Edwards of the Telegraph and David Ornstein of The Athletic, Lille are not open to a possible sale and any potential deal is dead. The Magpies also reportedly wanted to snatch James Tarkowski of the other Burnley relegation fighters, but Edwards also reported that is a remote possibility given Burnley’s struggles. And Newcastle was also would have been rejected by Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck who is hoping for a transfer to Bayern Munich instead.
Newcastle were rumored to be for Everton Wantaway Lucas Digne (below) according to Sky Sports, but he joined Aston Villa.
Of all the possibilities for incoming defenders, one player who could leave the club is the aforementioned Fabien Scher . The 30-year-old Swiss international has made 83 appearances for Newcastle since joining in 2018 from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, but according to journalist Nicolo Schira , Schar hopes to arrange a future away from Tyneside this January, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Other potential Newcastle United reinforcements
Newcastle have been linked with countless other players this transfer window, although few of them make much sense.
Reports have it that the new Saudi owners have approved a massive offer for RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who is currently away for AFCON 2022 with Mali and could cost upwards of $110m. According to The Express, Newcastle’s new overlords are ready to drop a huge offer before his $45million release clause kicks in this summer, opening the floodgates for teams looking to get in on the action.
A name that raises eyebrows is that of Manchester United Donny van de Beek , and as reported by Luke Edwards , there is reason to believe that it could happen. Despite much outcry from fans and head-scratchers from journalists, Van de Beek has hardly had a chance at Old Trafford despite a host of team moves, tactical adjustments and player changes since signing for the club. summer 2020.
Heard that Wijnaldum and van de Beek have been discussed as possible loan signings for #nufc but the former has plenty of options if he decides to leave PSG. The latter is trapped at Manchester United against his will. Both seem unfindable but never say never is my advice #freedonny
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 12, 2022
With Newcastle looking for players to fill all over the pitch, he could be a low-risk option if acquired on loan, and Manchester United could be convinced to let Van de Beek go given the bloated squad that Ralf Rangnick has at his disposal. It would be hard to imagine United giving up Van de Beek altogether with a permanent sale, but a loan move could make sense for everyone involved.