Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are loving the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are delighted to see some new faces arrive at St. James Park.
Mikel Merino and Martin Dubravka both completed permanent moves to Tyneside earlier in the window after impressing on loan last season. Rafael Benitez also completed a free transfer for Ki Sung-Yueng after he left Swansea following their relegation. While these moves are smart, the Magpies need a marquee signing to fire them to Europe.
Benitez guided his side to 10th last season, and our punters are confident on improving next year with a few key signings. The Spaniard would be wise to raid his former club Liverpool where there is set to be a considerable squad overhaul. One man who could fall victim to Jurgen Klopp’s changes is Adam Lallana.
Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the England international was plagued with injuries last season, restricting him to just one start in the Premier League. With the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho adding competition in the Liverpool midfield, it’s hard to see Lallana guaranteeing himself as a place in the first-team, especially if the Reds revive their interest in Nabil Fekir. This could mean Lallana finds himself heading through the exit door.
The former Southampton playmaker would be an excellent signing for Newcastle. The 30-year-old is ridiculously skilful and confident using either foot making him a nightmare for defenders. Lallana would fit right into the Newcastle side as the number 10 they have been crying out for but can also play out wide or deep in the midfield. With a high work-rate, he would be a massive hit with the Newcastle faithful.
Offering first-team football and the chance to work with Benitez could prove vital in winning the race for his signature.
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