20 players who could join Newcastle in January

FT Desk
FT Desk
  • 6 Jan 2022 10:38 GMT
  • 7 min read
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Newcastle United are now one of the richest clubs in the world following the Premier League-approved takeover of the side by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium.

The Magpies will be owned 80 per cent by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) in a consortium led by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley.

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With Newcastle’s new owners worth a staggering €260 billion, the Premier League outfit could be set to splash the cash in a way never ever seen before in football.

This has led to an unprecedented number of transfer reports and rumours, as the media has gone into overdrive with stories over who Newcastle will or could sign.

There are more fantastical rumours out there surrounding the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

But, FootballTransfers has picked out 20 players who are probably attainable for the Magpies who could join in January.

Dusan Vlahovic

Newcastle's most ambitious target this January has emerged as prolific Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.

The Serbian is scoring for fun in Serie A and is wanted by a host of top European clubs including Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Tottenham.

However, Newcastle are hoping to blow all of those teams out of the water with a mammoth €100 million bid.

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey, Juventus, Serie A
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Juventus are desperate to get rid of Aaron Ramsey and will listen to any offers big or small in January if it means getting the Welshman's massive wages off their balance sheet.

His wages are so high that only a few clubs could afford him, and one of those clubs is now Newcastle, which how the speculation started over a move.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard didn't play a single minute of Premier League action before January last season which led to a successful six-month loan to West Ham.

After a permanent deal to the Hammers failed to materalise, he went back to Man Utd to, again, not receive much game time.

Lingard's Old Trafford departure is now inevitable, and he would likely be interested in being one of the faces of the Newcastle revolution.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial's agent recently confirmed that the Frenchman is looking to leave Man Utd in January.

He has started just two Premier League matches so far this season and it remains to be seen if he will be more fancied by new manager Ralf Rangnick than he was by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Newcastle has been mentioned as a destination.

Kieran Trippier

Man Utd target Trippier goes second in La Liga for assists
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Manchester United wanted to sign Kieran Trippier in the summer of 2021 but did not match Atletico Madrid's asking price.

Trippier reportedly wants to return to the Premier League and Newcastle are hoping to take advantage of that by making him one of their first signings of the transfer window.

That deal is looking likely to be completed soon.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele's contract at Barcelone expires in June of 2022 and although he remains in talks over an extension, his agent is allegedly pressing for him to leave Camp Nou.

Barca can either keep old of him in the hope that he will extend, or accept a bid in January should one come in.

The Blaugrana are in desperate, desperate need of money, too, so a deal could certainly be struck.

Dele Alli

A few years ago Dele Alli was considered one of the best young players in the world.

But, his performances and reputation have taken a nosedive recently, so much so that he has became surplus to requirements at Tottenham.

Antonio Conte doesn't want him either, and Newcastle could pounce.

Amadou Haidara

Rangnick has made Haidara one of his primary transfer targets at Man Utd, having worked with the player at RB Leipzig.

But, Newcastle are in the discussion too and could now arguably offer Haidara more money.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona, 2021/22
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Phillipe Coutinho is one of the players that Barcelona are actively looking to get rid of in January.

The wage bill at Camp Nou is currently crippling the club and they won't be able to conduct any business until departures happen.

But, Newcastle face a tough task in convincing the Brazilian to move to St.James' Park.

Diego Lainez

The fact that Lainez has been compared to Lionel Messi should provide an indication of his talents and make Newcastle fans excited, though the comparisons are mainly due to their similar playing style currently.

Like Messi, Lainez is initially impressing on the right wing, cutting inside on to his favoured left foot.

He remains a very raw talent, so Newcastle would be taking a punt that he would develop into a star.

Aguibou Camara

A revelation for Olympiacos this season, Aguibou Camara has only been at the club for a matter of months after arriving from Lille’s B team in the summer. The attacking midfielder has also been watched by Liverpool and Leicester.

He has four goals and four assists in 13 league games to date, though he draw a blank in the Europa League group stage with the Greeks.

Dean Henderson

Dean Henderson is set to leave Manchester United in January in a bid to win regular first-team football and earn his place back in the England squad. A switch to St James’ Park seems a possible one for the former Sheffield United loanee, who has found himself behind David de Gea in the pecking order this season.

He has also been linked with Ajax, though the Dutch club have denied such a move is possible.

Max Aarons

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Norwich full-back Max Aarons has long been linked with some of Europe’s biggest sides only for a move to fail to materialise.

Newcastle may not be of the stature of a Bayern Munich at the present time, but that is the level they are aiming for. Signing Aarons would be a step in the right direction – but would the Canaries countenance a mid-season sale to a relegation rival? Probably only for huge money.

James Tarkowski

Burnley defender James Tarkowski is a veteran of relegation battles with the Clarets, where he has spent the last six years.

The centre-back would certainly be capable of adding steel to Newcastle’s defence, although his club would surely be loathed to sell to a direct rival.

However, his contract is up in the summer and that could be sufficient motivation for them to offload.

Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona are known to desperately want rid of centre-back Samuel Umtiti, who has played no role for the club this season and has struggled since being a key member of France’s World Cup winning squad of 2018.

His huge wages will be an impediment to most clubs, though perhaps not to Newcastle, who are desperate for reinforcements.

Weston McKennie

USA international midfielder Weston McKennie has the busy attitude of many Premier League midfielders, though he has struggled to make aa truly positive impression at Juventus, who signed him in the summer and are already willing to sell him.

Juve have a huge wage bill they are eager to cut, and the midfielder is one of those who could be sacrificed.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and is looking for a route back to the Premier League after a rough start in France.

The Netherlands star has previously turned out with Newcastle and would provide the type of qualities that the Magpies need – not just for this season, but for the years ahead.

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Alfredo Morelos

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is a forward who has been linked to the Premier League for almost as long as he has been scoring goals for the Scottish champions.

His fiery attitude, which has seen him earn eight red cards in Scotland, however, has been holding him back.

The 25-year-old is an attainable target if Newcastle come up with a sensible bid.

Boubacar Kamara

Kamara is another player who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with clubs of the stature of Manchester United once interested in the Marseille youngster.

Out of contract at the end of the season and apparently out of favour after refusing to sign a new deal with OM, he is a player who could be on his way in January.

Adrien Rabiot

Another Juventus midfielder who has failed to hold down a regular place for the Serie A side but who commands a formidable salary, France international Rabiot is another player that the club would happily part with.

There are few clubs who might be willing to gamble on the enigmatic Rabiot, but Newcastle are one of the few with the means to do so.

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