Newcastle United fans have been pretty happy in the Transfer Tavern during the international break given their side’s decent start to the season.
The North East giants have won three of their opening seven Premier League matches to sit ninth in the table, with their 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool last time out further indicative of the progress they are making under manager Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard will be hoping that his side can add another three points to their tally at Southampton on Sunday, and there may be more encouraging news to come for our resident Magpies if a recent report from Turkish-Football is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Benitez’s side are set to reignite their interest in Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues when the transfer window reopens in January.
The 26-year-old only moved to the Turkish giants at the start of the year after an 18-month stint at PAOK, and he has since scored twice and laid on six assists in 27 games for the club, helping them to a fourth place finish last season, and to top spot in the early stages of this one.
And with three assists in seven Super Lig games already this term, the Cape Verde international is certainly proving his worth to the team, and it appears that he retains a suitor in Benitez’s Newcastle, who reportedly looked to land him during the summer.
And reports suggest that they will again seek to prize Rodrigues away from Galatasaray in January when the window reopens, in a bid to bolster their attacking options ahead of the second half of the season.
And with just seven goals scored so far this term, landing a player like Rodrigues is likely to be of priority to Benitez come the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Much was made of Newcastle United’s struggle to get players through the door over the summer, leading many to believe that the Magpies would be battling near the bottom this season.
Their start suggests otherwise, but further reinforcements are being eyed ahead of the January window, with Garry Rodrigues, a target during the close season, on the radar once again.
The 26-year-old has made a solid start to the campaign with Galatasaray and only moved to the club at the start of the year, so any deal is likely going to be expensive for the Magpies.
But only time will tell whether they want or indeed need the wing wizard in January.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!