05 Nov 2021 23:37:50
Are you able to give transfer targets for newcastle in january, as it seems there are quite a few big names being mentioned like ter stegen and coutinho

{Ed002's Note - I spoke with someone who is advising the board and was told the club are being overrrun by agents and other clubs offering players. The issue is that the club has not built the structure and confirmed a Director of Football and then a manager so they will need to continue to take advice. You are right that ter Stegen (G) has been offered to them. James Tarkowski (CB) and Niklas Sule (CB) have been offered up as possible additions. Marcelo Brozovic has been discussed but is likely heading elsewhere. The likes of Aaron Ramsey (CM), Toni Kroos (CM), Adrian Rabiot (CM), Ross Barkley (AM/CM), Jesse Lingard (AM) and Philippe Coutinho (AM/CM) need to be avoided. Newcastle have a very experienced third party scouting players in Germany for them and have also looked at Florian Wirtz (AM) but he would not be open to a move. A major signing might be someone like Ousmane Dembele (LW/RW/F) or Eden Hazard (LW/RW) but taking advice and looking at perhaps Ismaela Sarr (RW) might be a better solution.}

1.) 09 Nov 2021
09 Nov 2021 00:26:52
Thanks for the reply ed, I think we all saw this coming, Newcastle owned by consortium which includes PIF, every club that is not state owned will throw their average player for sale for the price no other team will pay.

Didn't the same happen when man city got taken over with them buying arsenal players every transfer window, till they could buy better players.

2.) 30 Nov 2021
30 Nov 2021 10:52:45
Newcastle need to think in stages and buy accordingly. So, stage 1 is to avoid relegation this season, stage 2 is to do enough next summer to mean that relegation is not a risk next season and midtable is a possibility, stage 3 (for season 23/24) is challenging strongly for top 6 and so on.

Bearing that in mind, top players are not going to be interested in signing for Newcastle for a few years yet (unless they are on the way down and interested mainly in money), and hunger and desire to improve is going to be a priority.

And, looking at the current squad, they need at least one central defender, one midfielder and one striker - and maybe one full back and another midfielder - this winter.

I quite fancy Nat Phillips at Liverpool as the central defender. He does not have pace and is a 'keep it simple player of the ball', but (a) he is a real defender and (b) I think he'd respond well to being challenged to "improve and keep improving if you wish to be on this journey long-term". Probably wouldn't cost much more than £15m and is gettable now.

{Ed001's Note - he is surprisingly good on the ball Nat, he came on in leaps and bounds last season. I really like him and he is certainly good enough for the Prem.}