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Who Might Newcastle Buy in January?

The January transfer window puts clubs and their managers on high alert as Europe’s big spenders go in search of expensive signings, while everyone else scratches around for the free transfers and loan deals that could be the difference between staying up or facing up to relegation.

All eyes are on Newcastle Utd this time around, as their mega-rich owners hatch plans to keep the struggling Magpies in the Premier League. Here we take a look at the players from across Europe that the Toon Army might soon find themselves cheering on at St James’ Park come February.

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Newcastle fans are not worried about accusations of having sold their souls and are instead focused on what the future could bring on Tyneside

Anthony Martial

He was once one of the most prized assets on the Man Utd squad list, but now Anthony Martial is on the hunt for a new home, having been given the cold shoulder by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

It’s unclear if Martial really ticks all the boxes for Eddie Howe, who needs goals and energy in midfield rather than a player who swans about is if he is the second coming of Messi. That said, at 26 years of age Newcastle could pick Martial up at a discount and try to rekindle the fire that once burned in him during his best spells at Old Trafford. Other possibilities are a return to his native France or a mid-level team in La Liga.

Dele Alli

This mercurial talent is perhaps the most tipped player to be joining the Toon this January, as the Tottenham powers that be finally lose patience with his lack of consistency. Of course, since news began breaking among online tipsters and sports new columnists Alli has upped his game, as he looks to inflate his transfer value or perhaps try to convince Antonio Conte that he is worth keeping. However, most Premier League tipsters and online observers are envisioning Alli being tempted to the Northeast by a bumper contract and the promise of regular first team football. It remains to be seen if he really is the man to defy the Premier League odds and ease The Toon to safety.

Gareth Bale

It was one of the major shocks of last season: when Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium accompanied by much fanfare. Now, rather than a loan deal, the Welsh international is on the hunt for a more permanent move away from the Bernabeu, where he has been maligned by fans for being more interested in golf and international football than La Liga or the Champions League.

His quality is undoubted, but his chequered history of injuries might mean that Howe looks elsewhere for a standout signing this January, but that won’t stop Newcastle fans from dreaming of a prime Bale tearing Premier League defences apart while wearing the black and white stripes.

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Eddie Howe is desperate to show the Newcastle owners that he is the right man to lead the club forward both in the short and long term

Jesse Lingard

For some unknown reason Lingard chose to waste another half a season warming the Old Trafford bench rather than taking West Ham up on their offer of making him a star in the capital. Now that the door on that move appears to have closed, Lingard may instead be given an offer he cannot refuse by Newcastle. He would certainly make for the ideal foil for Calum Wilson and has already shown just what an impact he can make when he enters a club in January.

Eden Hazard

This would be an audacious swoop but given Newcastle’s newfound spending power it is a move that is now very much on the cards, because the Belgian star’s contract is up in the summer. He has struggled for form during his limited first team appearances this season, but surely has more to give.

Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger has been a sensation at Chelsea this season but has made no secret of his desire to leave Stamford Bridge either in January or the summer. Newcastle desperately need some additional steel at the heart of their defence and he could be just the man to provide it.

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