Newcastle United fans have been in good voice in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s fine start to the season.
The North East giants have won three and drawn one of their opening seven Premier League matches upon return to the top-flight, and are sitting pretty in ninth place in the division to underline their promising start to the campaign.
Rafa Benitez’s side will hope for another three points when they travel to Southampton on Sunday, and there may be more encouraging news to come for our resident Magpies supporters if a recent report from The Northern Echo is anything to go by.
And that’s because they report that Benitez remains interested in Liverpool striker Danny Ings, and as such could seek a move for the one-time England international in January, although whether he can indeed pursue the 25-year-old is likely dependant on the outcome of a possible takeover deal.
Reds forward Ings moved to Anfield back in 2015 after impressing at Burnley, but things have not gone well for the Englishman on Merseyside with injury restricting him to just 12 first team appearances.
However, there have been signs of encouragement recently as Ings has played four times for the club’s Under-23 side and indeed in the senior squad’s Carabao Cup defeat at Leicester this season, suggesting that the striker is indeed nearing a return to full fitness.
Nonetheless, he is unlikely to command the regular football needed at Anfield to get back to his best, and as such Newcastle are reportedly looking to secure a deal for Ings in January in a bid to strengthen their own attacking options.
However, as per The Northern Echo, any possible January deals at St James’ Park will likely depend upon the outcome of recent takeover talks, and as such it remains to be seen whether the Magpies can indeed do a deal for Ings in the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Danny Ings deserved his move to Liverpool back in 2015 following a hugely-prolific spell at Burnley, but he certainly hasn’t had the rub of the green since moving to Anfield.
Injuries have restricted the 25-year-old to just 12 first team appearances, although one of those has come this season to suggest that he is nearing a return to full fitness.
Newcastle were considering a loan move during the summer but were unable to get a deal done, yet it seems they may go in for the England international again in January in a bid to reinforce their striking options at St James’ Park.
However, getting a deal done in the New Year is set to depend upon the progress of recent takeover talks, a resolution of which will pave the way for a clearer idea as to what Benitez has at his disposal in January.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!