Newcastle United have been labelled as a club to keep an eye on in the final days of this January transfer window by the journalist Fabrizio Romano.
What’s the latest?
It has been a relatively quiet January transfer window so far on Tyneside with no new deals being agreed on thus far as Eddie Howe’s men sit pretty up in third spot of the table.
However, it could be about the heat-up at St. James’ Park with their striker, Chris Wood, expected to leave the club this month for a move to Nottingham Forest.
And with this, Fabrizio Romano has been speaking on the Meczyki YouTube channel to suggest the Toon could be in for a busy end to the month:
(35:10) “I expect as potential surprises around the market, I will keep an eye on Newcastle because they are monitoring the market for example they follow Ivan Fresneda, this talented right-back from Real Valladolid, born in 2004. Many clubs want him also Newcastle. And so I think they can be part of the surprises for the final day of this crazy January transfer window.”
Although Newcastle have not seen any new faces come through the doors yet this month, this does not mean they have not been linked with new signings.
The likes of Ivan Fresneda from Real Valladolid are believed to be high on the agenda for Dan Ashworth this month with the Toon targeting a new right-back.
And in the last 24 hours, Romano has also revealed the Magpies have made a move for the Flamengo gem, Matheus Franca, with a proposal worth around €16m (£14m).
But Newcastle do not seem to be in any rush to make any signings this month and it is not difficult to understand why when you look at how well-rounded they’ve been so far this season.
Only a handful of clubs have scored more goals than them (34) this season and any potential concerns over that will be settled by their stunning defensive record which has been bettered by no team in the league with only 11 goals conceded.
However, we do wonder whether the injury to Bruno Guimaraes may have shaken everyone up on Tyneside over the weekend.
It is believed his injury is not too serious and will only see him miss a small number of games, however, when battling for a spot in the top four, having a player of his quality missing is a real blow.
With some possible fears over their squad depth, if they pick up any more injuries and the expected departure of Wood, we do wonder whether this will kickstart the Toon in this month’s market.