Newcastle United will definitely be a club to watch in this January transfer window, and a lot of movement is expected. The avalanche of rumors is due to two main factors.
First, Newcastle is fighting relegation, ranking 19th in the Premier League table with just one win and 11 points overall. The Magpies have one of the worst defenses in the league, with 42 goals conceded in 19 games at the end of the calendar year. In turn, they have only scored 19 goals, which is worse than all the other two teams in the relegation zone in early 2022 except the other two.
Second, the magpies are under new ownership, recently acquired by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, chaired by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman. While there was a backlash amid the takeover over what essentially amounts to a foreign government, the takeover did take place and significant funds are expected to be 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 team roster. It will be fascinating to see how much they spend given the real threat of relegation and which players want to join the fight to avoid the fall.
Newcastle Transfers: January 2022 Winter Window
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Newcastle United Squad 2021-22
Below is the updated list of Newcastle United’s first team. New additions during the January 2022 window will be indicated in bold:
Goalkeepers (4): Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Mark Gillespie, Freddie Woodman.
Defenders (9): Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Federico Fernandez, Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Javier Manquillo, Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar.
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 projected starting lineup, when fully healthy, currently looks like this:
Projected starting eleventh for Newcastle (4-5-1): Dubravka (GK) – Lewis, Lascelles, Schar, Krafth – Saint-Maximin, Shelvey, Joelinton, S. Longstaff, Fraser – Wilson.
Newcastle Endorsements: Woodman (GK), Gillespie (GK), Clark (CB), Fernandez (CB), Manquillo (RB), Dummett (LB), Ritchie (LWB), Hendrick (CM), M. Longstaff (CM), Almiron (CAM ), Anderson (CAM), Murphy (RW), Gayle (CF).
(GK = goalkeeper; CB = central; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = forward center; LW = left wing; RW = right wing)
Newcastle transfer news and rumors
Here’s the latest on Newcastle United’s transfer front based on reports in Europe:
Kieran Trippier looks imminent
Multiple reports in Europe indicate that Kieran Trippier is likely to become Newcastle’s first signing in January, returning to England after a stint in Spain. Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone has stated that he does not want Trippier to leave, but that the player could decide for himself, saying: “nowadays no one can be retained.”
ESPN Reports that the agreement is advanced enough for Atlético to start moving with replacements. Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reports that Trippier’s deal will be for more than $ 33 million with add-ons, and says “the deal is pretty much done.”
Trippier close to leaving, mostly his decision. Newcastle had its go-ahead as early as November and the fee could be around £ 13 million. Simeone appreciates him so much that he changed his system of winning titles to 5-3-2 to suit him. But I wouldn’t stop anyone who wants to leave. https://t.co/W9o5tBcVZz
– Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 4, 2022
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Will Newcastle look for a new striker?
To add to Newcastle’s already significant list of problems, top scorer Callum Wilson was injured during the festive final match, and suddenly the already lean attack seems even more insignificant. Allan Saint-Maximin has also struggled with minor injuries, the target of opponents who often attack the talented winger.
This has prompted the magpies to seek attack reinforcements and they are setting their sights high. A name that has emerged is young Real Madrid Luka jovic, who magpies were rumored to be interested in last summer. Nothing significant has come up to suggest a deal is imminent, but Jovic’s name is being released. Newcastle Blogs as a sensible possibility.
According to Brazilian publication Globo, Flamengo expects to receive offers for striker Gabigol, and you’ve apparently already received a “laughable” offer from West Ham that wasn’t even worthy of a reply. The report names Newcastle as a club Flamengo hopes to hear from, although the club hopes the Magpies will have a better offer than the $ 7 million loan to purchase it allegedly received from the Hammers.
Newcastle teamed up with Moussa Dembélé (below) Lyon in December, and the Daily mail states that it is still an option. After breaking with Fulham, Dembélé has seen time with Celtic and Lyon before spending the second half of last season on loan at Atlético de Madrid. The Spanish team decided not to activate the buy option, and with its contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Lyon could look to sell this winter.
Magic definitely need defenders
While Trippier will be a welcome addition, the Magpies have sent in enough goals this season to indicate that one player alone won’t be enough to turn things around. Jamal Lascelles is down in form this season and his association with Fabian Schar has fallen apart.
The most vigorous of the rumors centers on the loan of the Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, whom the Spanish club is trying to transfer, motivated by the desire to get rid of his contract and his salary. However, the player has reportedly turned down five separate potential transfer deals, according to the Daily Mail and multiple reports. Umtiti was once a key player in Barcelona’s defense, but has disappeared from sight, making only one La Liga appearance this season, and his contract expires in the summer of 2023. Other interested clubs reportedly They are the Turkish Fenerbahce and an unidentified French club.
Newcastle could have the opportunity to sign the PSG defender Abdou diallo, according to the report by journalist Liam Kennedy. The deal would be tricky as Diallo is on duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations, and if the country advances in the tournament, he could interrupt negotiations until the transfer window deadline. The 25-year-old joined PSG in the summer of 2019 from Borussia Dortmund but has failed to secure a significant starting position.
Sven Botman de Lille was rumored to be interested in moving to Newcastle, and the young Dutch youth international would also be an asset for the future, but according to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, Lille is not open to a possible sale with the player under contract until the summer of 2025. According to reports, the magpies also wanted to snatch James tarkowski of his fellow Burnley relegation fighters, but Edwards also reported it would be a long shot given Burnley’s struggles.
Newcastle is also rumored to have made an offer for the Everton wantaway Lucas Digne (below) according to Sky Sports, and although an informed offer of $ 30 million more Sean Longstaff It could be tempting, convincing the player to join when teams like Chelsea arrive will be another task.
Amid all the possibilities of the incoming defenders, a player who could leave the club is the aforementioned Fabian Schar. The 30-year-old Swiss international has made 83 appearances for Newcastle since arriving in 2018 from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña, but according to journalist Nicolo SchiraSchar hopes to fix a future away from Tyneside this Janaury, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Other possible reinforcements of Newcastle United
Newcastle have linked up with many other players in this transfer window, although few of them make much sense.
One name that stands out is Manchester United. Donny van de Beek, and how Luke Edwards reports, there are reasons to believe that it could happen.
Despite protests from fans and head-scratching journalists, Van de Beek has hardly had a chance at Old Trafford despite a host of squad moves, tactical adjustments and player changes since signing at the summer of 2020.
With Newcastle looking for players to fill the entire field, it could be a low-risk option if acquired on loan, and Manchester United could be persuaded to let Van de Beek go given the bloated squad Ralf Rangnick has at his disposal. It would be hard to imagine United giving up Van de Beek entirely with a permanent sale, but a loan could make sense for everyone involved.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.