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Unwelcome transfer blow to Newcastle United over top Benitez target – Report

The Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are nervous ahead of what is a six-pointer against Brighton later on today, though their recent performances against West Ham United and Manchester City have at least led to some optimism emerging amongst our resident Geordies.

Indeed, despite a dreadful run of form of late, the punters propping up the bar are delighted to be out of the bottom three and hope a win at home to the Seagulls can spark their season into life. Well, that and the January transfer window, of course.

No one quite knows what’s going to happen on Tyneside during the New Year sales, with many of our drinkers clad in black and white hoping Mike Ashley puts his hand in his pocket prior to any potential takeovers. Still, with that being said, the members of the Toon Army here in the bar hope things improve following recent reports from Football Insider.

They claim that the North East giants have made Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi one of their major targets during January, though Crystal Palace are understood to have stolen a march on both them and Southampton. The Eagles are said to be ready to table a formal offer for the tricky Norweigan international, much to the frustration of the Newcastle fans here.

With the Magpies in dire need of some more creativity going forward, the idea of missing out on a man who has notched six times and provided 11 assists over in Switzerland to a relegation rival is a very scary one indeed.

Landlord’s Verdict: 

Newcastle United could certainly do with some added extra attacking impetus after a relatively difficult time of things in front of goal this season. It’s imperative Rafa Benitez uses all his contacts to beat other members of the bottom half to land the best players available to keep the Toon up.

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