The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Rafa Benitez will boost Newcastle’s survival hopes with the acquisition of fresh talent this month.
The January transfer window has been relatively quiet for The Magpies so far, but that could be all set to change in the final days of the month. According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle are attempting to bring Feyenoord talisman Nicolai Jorgensen to the club this month in a club-record deal. Benitez’s move for the Danish international could prove to be a defining transfer in Newcastle’s season if the deal goes through.
However, the Champions League-winning manager will need to add strength throughout his spine if he wants to get the best out of Jorgensen and turn Newcastle into a solid Premier League club. The North-East giants currently have Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden and Jack Colback to chose from in central-midfield, which is a poor selection of players for a top-flight club.
Shelvey is untrustworthy due to his poor disciplinary record and whilst Mikel Merino is highly talented, he is also hugely inexperienced at just 21-years-of-age. Hayden and Colback, on the other hand, are simply not good enough for a side hoping to establish themselves as a top-flight outfit once again.
With these points to consider, Newcastle must also bring a central midfielder to the club in the near future, and one player who could be tempted into a shock move to St James’ Park is Manchester United’s Ander Herrera (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt).
Herrera has endured a frosty relationship with Mourinho this season, and the prospect of working under his fellow Spanish compatriot may be enough to tempt him away from Old Trafford.
A move for Herrera’s signature seems unlikely this month considering Newcastle’s financial situation, but once Ashley has concluded negotiations and sold the club to a financially stronger owner, Herrera could become a realistic target for The Magpies, especially considering his contract will be a year away from expiring in the summer of 2018.
Newcastle will need to strengthen all areas of their squad if they want to avoid becoming the next yo-yo club of English football, and there is no better place to start than by signing quality talent such as Herrera in central-midfield.
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