Newcastle United suffered yet another poor result at the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to continue their winless streak in the league.
The Magpies had a poor transfer window over the summer as Mike Ashley failed to strengthen the squad adequately and instead just filled the holes left by departing or injured players. Undertaking that kind of transfer strategy was never going to deliver a good return for the club and in January, Newcastle will need to strengthen if they are to avoid being involved in a tough relegation battle.
According to Portuguese publication, Record, Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos is being targeted by Newcastle and also Bayern Munich.
Vlachomidos moved to Benfica over the summer and has quickly been asserted as the starting goalkeeper for the league leaders. According to the report, the 24-year-old has been scouted by Newcastle and apparently has a £54 million release clause.
While there’s no doubt that he seems a talented player, Newcastle are incredibly strong in goal with Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow and the upcoming Freddie Woodman. At only 29, Dubravka still has plenty left in the tank and realistically, Newcastle should be looking to bring in Woodman as his long-term future replacement.
The youngster was incredibly impressive during the England under-20 squad’s successful 2017 World Cup campaign. Instead of strengthening in goal, Newcastle must look at bringing in some more midfielders and wingers in January to improve the squad.
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