Newcastle told to land four January signings after source’s Howe reveal – pundit

Newcastle United must sign a centre-back, left-back, centre-midfielder and right-winger in January if they are to stay up this season.

That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Eddie Howe was unveiled as the new Newcastle boss.

He has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the newly-rich relegation-threatened side.

A Newcastle source told Football Insider (November 11) the new boss has already set his sights on a triple transfer swoop in January.

Howe‘s priority is to recruit two centre-backs and a central midfielder proven at the highest level.

“He’s got every chance of keeping them in the Premier League this season,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It’s all about what they do in January, it’s all about what players they bring in. With the squad they’ve got now, I don’ think they would stay up.

“Eddie Howe can’t perform miracles. I think he needs help in the transfer window. If he gets that, they’ve got every chance of staying up.

“They need another defender, I like Ciaran Clark, he’s consistent and strong.

“But I really think they need some more in midfield. Someone that’s got legs, that can control the game and help shield the defence.

“Also, another winger, Saint-Maxmin and Wilson are good players. They need someone else as well, coming in off that right-hand side. I don’t think Almiron is good enough, he’s not going to get you the goals.

“It’s only a few players, maybe a left-back as well.”

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Newcastle could pull off Coutinho ‘gamble’ after update from Spain – pundit

Kevin Phillips has claimed Newcastle should only move to sign Phillipe Coutinho once they survive relegation from the Premier League.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted signing the 29-year-old “luxury player” in January would be a “gamble”.

According to SPORT (cited by Sport Witness on 9 November), Barcelona are “expecting” and waiting for a bid from Newcastle for Coutinho in January and will accept a loan proposal that includes a mandatory purchase option.

The midfielder could become Eddie Howe’s first signing at St James’ Park.

Coutinho has started just four league matches for cash-strapped Barcelona this season after only managing eight league starts last term following a serious knee injury.

As such, Phillips insisted Newcastle could draft in the former Liverpool star next summer in order to build up his fitness with a pre-season regime.

“He’s a good player, but I think you’d have to get others in to save Newcastle from relegation,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“He would help with his impact, but he’s shown that he is
a luxury player. He might have two good games and then disappear for a while.

“At this stage of the season, and with how it’s shaping
up for Newcastle – they should be looking at players who can produce week-in,

“They need people who will run through brick walls, and
Coutinho hasn’t really played enough football to guarantee that.


“There’s no doubt he’s got quality, but it would be a
gamble to bring him in during the January window.

“Maybe if they survive, they can get him in and give him a full pre-season to get him ready.”

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Staveley told to take backseat role as Newcastle close to agreeing landmark deal

Frank McAvennie is glad to hear Amanda Staveley is prepared to hand over the day-to-day running of Newcastle to a more experienced person.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the Magpies need an experienced head steering the ship.

This site understands Newcastle are in advanced talks to appoint Michael Emenalo as their director of football after a breakthrough in discussions.

Following Newcastle’s Saudi-backed takeover, Staveley and her husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi were charged with running the club day-to-day.

However, speaking to The Athletic (8 October), Staveley admitted “If we don’t do a good job, we won’t be running the club.”

McAvennie claims Newcastle need football people running the club and admitted his relief that Staveley could step aside.

“I’m glad they are getting a director in,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“No offence to Staveley but she has done what she wanted, she owns the club.

“The club needs to come first now, let football people run the football club.

“I’m not sure she is the right person for that. She was the right person to get the deal through.

“That is her speciality. From what I understand she has no experience of running a football club.

“We are talking about serious money and serious players, they need someone experienced pulling the strings.

“It’s nothing against her. Newcastle are the richest club in the world now and they need experience to steer that ship.”

Eddie Howe became Newcastle manager on Monday afternoon as Staveley signed off on her first major signing of the new era.

His first game is against Brentford after the international break.

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Eddie Howe Identifies Areas To Strengthen In January For Newcastle

New Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe is looking to bring in reinforcements in central defence and midfield in the January transfer window, according to The Athletic.

Howe was confirmed as the new Newcastle manager earlier this week and he has gone to work with the squad ahead of next week’s Premier League game against Brentford.

Newcastle are set to back him in the winter transfer window as the club look to save themselves from getting relegated from the Premier League this season.

The Newcastle manager extensively studied the squad when he was in talks with the club and already has ideas about the January window.

It has been claimed that central defence and midfield are two areas of the squad Howe wants to bring in reinforcements for.

Former Newcastle boss Steve Bruce also wanted a centre-back and a midfielder last summer but the club did not back him.

However, the new owners are flushed with funds and Howe is expecting major backing in January.

The Newcastle manager could also look to strengthen the full-back areas as part of his plans.

Howe had extensive discussions with the Newcastle owners about new signings before he took up the job.

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Tarkowski told to accept West Ham offer after price tag tumble – pundit

West Ham are “more appealing” than Newcastle as the Premier League pair tussle over Burnley defender James Tarkowski, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the east London club would be the “most enticing project” for the 28-year-old.

As revealed by this site, Tarkowski would jump at the chance to join West Ham as Burnley prepare to lower their asking price to £20m in January.

A Hammers source has told Football insider that manager David Moyes remains a huge admirer of the England international and the defender will be on his radar again in January.

As reported last month by the Telegraph (October 9th), Newcastle are interested in making Tarkowski one of the first signings under their new Saudi regime.

When asked about a potential January transfer battle, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “You have to say West Ham are the most enticing project.

“They’re a team, they’re structured, organised, they have
an identity, and they’re very exciting to watch.

“They are increasing capacity at the stadium, new investment coming in. If you’re going to a club in January, and the choice is between Newcastle and West Ham – I would pick the latter.

“Despite the money Newcastle have – I’m looking at the
structure of the club, the success, European football, and a manager who has
done extremely well.

“The Hammers look the more appealing option right now.”

West Ham could be in the market for a new defender in January. This week, they lost Angelo Ogbonna to a serious knee injury that could end his season.

Tarkowski is out of contract at Burnley next summer and has rejected multiple extension offers from the club.

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