The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly now plotting three major signings for Newcastle United in January.
The Lowdown: Busy, busy…
With the takeover of the St. James’ Park faithful by the KSA consortium now completed, and where they currently lie in the Premier League table, it is clear that the North East club will need to be one of the busiest teams in the upcoming January transfer window to stand any chance at survival.
They have already been recently linked to the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan David and Axel Witsel, so it certainly seems as if the new owners would like to strengthen in all positions possible, and now a fresh report has revealed exactly what they are plotting.
The Latest: Three signings lined up
As per The Times, PIF are now planning moves for three players in the January transfer window: Stefan de Vrij, Marcelo Brozovic and Thomas Strakosha.
Should Newcastle sign Strakosha?
The Tyneside outfit’s officials feel as if Italy is an ideal market to raid in the new year, and all three are potential targets for the winter window.
Perhaps wisely, the three names all form the spine of a team, coming in the shape of a new shot-stopper, colossal 6 foot 2 centre-half and all-action midfielder.
The Verdict: All in
If all three players are open to making the move to the Magpies, despite a likely relegation battle on their hands, then bringing them all in should really be a no-brainer.
First and foremost, the Toon need to stop conceding so many goals, with 24 being the second-most out of any team in the top flight so far this season.
A new goalkeeper in Strakosha could well help with that, while Inter Milan and Netherlands central defender de Vrij, who has recently been labelled as ‘world class’ by former Premier League player Paul Robinson, would certainly elevate the quality in the backline.
The latter was part of the Inter side who won the Scudetto last season, and Antonio Conte’s interest from his new home at Tottenham certainly suggests the Dutchman was a crucial cog in a league-winning machine.
Brozovic too would add a bit more guile into the midfield meanwhile, as he has averaged more key passes, dribbles and passing success than Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Sean Longstaff in their respective domestic leagues so far this season (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, bringing all three in would boost NUFC’s chances of avoiding relegation down to the Championship significantly.
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