Newcastle United have already started the process of compiling a list of potential targets to bolster Steve Bruce’s squad in the January transfer window, with Mike Ashley being unable to sell the club.
It has previously been reported that there is hope of the Saudi-based Public Investment Fund (PIF) consortium behind the proposed takeover still having some input into the club’s January business. However, that is dependent on the progress made in talks between them and Ashley, while there is also the case of whether they are approved to complete any takeover, per Sunderland Echo.
Business as usual for Mike Ashley
Newcastle made the decision last January to provide little investment in the squad, with the hope of saving resources to invest in summer signings. However, it is believed that despite the financial constraints around and the uncertainty of the club’s ownership situation, they are prepared to provide funds in the winter window, per Chronicle Live.
It is looking more likely at this stage that any arrivals in January would be loan additions to provide a temporary boost to Bruce’s first team squad. The current setup of Ashley, Lee Charnley, Bruce and head of recruitment Steve Nickson have engaged in discussions over potential targets as the club plan for business as usual, per Chronicle Live.
However, any such plans which have been made could still be abandoned if any progress can be made with the potential takeover as communication between the two parties is ongoing, while it is believed that the recent new deal for Allan Saint-Maximin was in line with the intentions of the consortium, per Chronicle Live.
Bruce needs further additions in January
Bruce was backed in the summer window and managed to bring in the likes of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Mark Gillespie. However, the Magpies were hoping to have added another midfielder to their squad on loan before the window closed.
In the end, they were unable to do so due to their inability to shift unwanted players. Bruce still needs to add in the midfield and other areas of the squad in January and Newcastle must not allow takeover talks behind the scenes to leave them short on numbers when the winter window closes.
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