Over a week since their euphoric victory over Manchester United, Steve Bruce and the Newcastle United directors are already compiling a target list for the January transfer window.
According to a report from the Chronicle, Bruce and the boardroom have wasted absolutely no time in weighing up potential options to bring to St. James Park in order to help Newcastle’s survival bid.
Since the Magpies appear to have a leftover transfer budget from summer’s spending spree, Bruce will be given the freedom to strengthen his squad if the club feels he needs too and as long as the player falls into a certain price range.
While the likes of Christian Atsu, Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron currently operate on the wings on Tyneside, none of those options have consistently chipped in with goals in black and white, with Bowen bagging 22 goals in the Championship last season.
Indeed, big-money summer signing Joelinton has only been able to score once this season and Andy Carroll has been used in a bit-part role since returning to his boyhood charges, so adding more goals into the side would certainly make sense.
Another source of interest for the Magpies is reportedly scouting the French and German leagues for some top tier talent, a method that would’ve gone underway much sooner had it not been for the speculation surrounding Rafa Benitez’ future at the time.
Along with the senior squad, Newcastle are also looking to bolster their U23 options – with the club keen to upgrade the side with some much needed strength in depth.
These are promising noises from behind the scenes at St. James’ Park but, obviously, the first goal needs to be ensuring Premier League survival. The win against Manchester United allowed the Toon Army to head into the international break in fairly good spirits but, in the loss against Norwich and Leicester City this season, there have already been some incredibly low moments during Steve Bruce’s reign.
If the Magpies can retain their top-flight status, this kind of recruitment could be exciting.
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