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Newcastle United ‘desperate’ to sign a striker in January as they battle for Premier League survival



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Newcastle United are expected to sign a striker during the January transfer window following the news that number 9 Callum Wilson is set to miss the next two months with a calf injury.

Eddie Howe’s side are currently 19th in the league and have the joint-worst defensive record having shipped 42 goals during the first half of the season.

The need for reinforcements at the back is there for all to see but following their embarrassing 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup third round to Cambridge, its cleat the Magpies need to find a striker who can replicate the goalscoring form of Wilson and are pushing to get a deal done before their next match on Saturday.

Newcastle face a relegation battle with fellow strugglers Watford at St James’ Park next weekend and must-win if they are to keep their survival hopes alive. This makes the need for a striker even more desperate as the Magpies face Leeds (A) and Everton (H) in their other Premier League fixtures – two very winnable games.

Callum Wilson has accounted for almost a third of Newcastle’s goals this season and with midfielder Joe Willock unable to replicate his form that kept the Magpies in the league last season, the need to replace the current Number 9 who is set to miss two months, is crucial.

The signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid last week for a fee of £12m is exactly the sort of business the club and fans need while they move into their new era and could be a sign of the times. He is thought to be the first of four or five January recruits as Howe looks to bolster Newcastle’s chances of retaining their Premier League status come the end of the season.

Newcastle played without a named striker on Saturday as they fell to defeat against League One side Cambridge United in the FA Cup and struggled massively without a figurehead leading the line. After the game, Howe confirmed the injury to Wilson is worse than first thought and the veteran striker is set to miss the next two months with a calf problem.


Sky Sports have reported a number of names on Howe’s radar but Newcastle fans are rightly skeptical of the majority of rumoured options.

Following the Saudi-led takeover of the club back in October, Newcastle are expected to bring in major reinforcements during the January transfer window and with the financial backing of the new owners, the Magpies have the money available to spend big.

Therefore the club need to sign a striker and fast, but who are the options?

Divock Origi

The Belgian striker is a benchwarmer at Liverpool but has scored some important goals in his time at the Reds and could be exactly what Newcastle need for the remainder of the season.

His major influence has come in the Champions League where he scored in the memorable victory over Barcelona before netting in the final win over Spurs. Origi also scored a later winner over Wolves earlier this season.

Perhaps Origi is not the striker wanted or needed to take the club forward in its new era, but he certainly has the talent and experience to score some important goals in Newcastle’s quest for Premier League survival. The 26-year-old is many fans favourite to join the Magpies but Liverpool may be looking to sell the striker on a permanent deal and this might not be Eddie Howe’s preference.

Liverpool forward Origi has six months left on his deal and is generating a lot of interest in Italy, but prefers a move to the Premier League.

Chris Wood

While no formal approach has been made for the Burnley striker, Newcastle are reportedly interested in calling upon the New Zealand international’s Premier League experience to help bolster their chances of survival.

Signing the 30-year-old would severely weaken a relegation rival in Burnley but represents an extremely underwhelming deal for Newcastle fans who are rightly expecting someone a bit more exciting, however the current situation of means that beggars can’t be choosers and Wood might score some important goals in Wilson’s absence.

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Wood has been at Burnley since 2017 and has scored 49 goals in 144 appearances in his time at the Lancashire club where he has become a fan-favourite due to his heart and desire to win. He certainly has the fight needed and the experience of being in a relegation battle but does he have the quality to lead to line for Newcastle?

Dominik Solanke

The English striker was brought to Bournemouth by Eddie Howe back in 2019 and has been in fine form this season with his 19 goals putting him second in Championship goalscoring charts.

Solanke struggled at the Premier League level in his time at Liverpool and is yet to prove himself in the English top division but his record in the Championship has only been matched by former Magpie Aleksander Mitrovic.

Howe is a big fan of the 24-year-old but he would be a risky signing for Newcastle who need a reliable source of goals to keep them in the Premier League – something Solanke is yet to prove in his career to-date.

Ben Brereton Diaz

Diaz, who has enjoyed a stunning season to date with Blackburn Rovers after netting 20 goals in just 25 Championship appearances, is another option that could make the move to Tyneside.

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is determined to keep hold of the Chile international and has labelled him ‘not for transfer’ as the striker is expected to cost clubs over £30million to acquire his services.

The 22-year-old is another striker with a lack of Premier League experience but is yet to get an opportunity in the English top flight and Newcastle may have to take a leap of faith in their relegation battle.

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He is in fantastic form in-front of goal and signing top stars won’t be easy in Newcastle’s precarious situation, but they can hope to lure youngsters like Brereton Diaz to Tyneside in the fight for survival. It could be a risk but Newcastle may need to take one as Wilson is set to miss the majority of the second half of the season.

Eddie Nketiah

The Arsenal young-gun scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win over Sunderland before Christmas and is out of contract the end of the season, with negotiations coming to a halt as the 22-year-old rejected the most recent renewal offer.

The 22-year-old is keen to leave the north London club to gain greater first-team experience. However, is lack of experience is perhaps the reason why Newcastle may steer clear of the attacker as the threat of relegation looms over Tyneside

The English striker failed to make the most of his opportunity yesterday evening in the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest in which he was given a start. As it stands, Nketiah is yet to start a Premier League games this season and has only come off the bench on three occasions.

Patrik Schick

Now valued at £50million, a deal for the Czech striker seems extremely unlikely as Newcastle seek someone with a reliable goalscoring record to help keep the club in the Premier League.

The 6ft3in Leverkusen attacker has today been valued highly by the German club – a very risky fee to pay for someone unproven in the English top flight.

The Czech Republic international did steer his nation to a memorable Euro 2021 campaign, beating Scotland 2-0 courtesy of his magnificent effort from the half-way line which lobbed David Marshall and becoming the tournaments second highest goalscorer.

But with injuries up-front and teams aware of the newly acquired riches, taking a chance on someone like Schick is what Newcastle might be required to do if they are to avoid relegation to the Championship. He has 17 goals from 15 appearances this season and in his last season at Leverkusen, he accumulated 9 goals.

Hugo Ekitike

The 19-year-old has scored eight goals in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season and is wanted by Newcastle, says Sky Sports. He only made his senior debut for Reims in August and is a France U20 international.

Seven of those goals, meanwhile, have come in his last 10 appearances, while he has also provided three assists for team-mates.

He has undoubtedly been one of the breakout stars in France’s top flight so far this season, with his emergence coming just a matter of months since he took the brave move to head on loan to Denmark in search of first-team football.

Newcastle’s owners are ready to invest in player recruitment as they are determined to maintain the club’s top flight status and they could even bring in two new strikers this month.Nineteen-year-old Ekitike may not yet be a household name outside of his native France, but the form he has shown in the opening months of the campaign suggests that he soon will be.

Thoughts? Who would you like to see brought to Tyneside? Can Newcastle find a striker to help keep them in the Premier League?

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Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.



Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.

Newcastle United boss wants to extend the contracts of two players before losing them.

Eddie Howe has expressed in a recent fan Q&A his intentions to keep two out of contract players this summer, Loris Karius and Paul Dummett, according to the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, with both players current contracts set to end this summer.

6 players are currently set to become out of contract come June 1st, Loris Karius, Paul Dummet, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark. However, it is only Karius and Dummett that appear to be safe of getting the chop.

Loris Karius has spent this season as Newcastle United’s third choice keeper, with only one appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Final. Despite the loss, Karius did little wrong and contributed some wonderful saves late on in that game.

Paul Dummett has had the same treatment, with only one appearance coming his way, a Carabao Cup tie in the second round against Tranmere Rovers back in August. The 31-year-old Welshman is an experienced head and will no doubt have great respect within the dressing room having signed for the club back in 2012 making 205 appearances in that time.

Both players can expect new contracts from Eddie Howe as he has made it known that he wants them both to remain at the club next season.


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Top 10 Free Transfers NUFC Could Sign This Summer



Newcastle United Free Transfers - top 10 Summer 2023

10 players Eddie Howe could look towards with contracts expiring at the end of this season.

The free agent’s market is the absolute cheat code for clubs across the board, being able to avoid the rising transfer fees and getting players through the door through verbal agreements makes life much easier for clubs during the transfer window.

We have compiled a list of 10 free transfers NUFC could sign this summer from Europe’s top five leagues giving them a rating of the potential of them signing and the impact they would have.


  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

The 29-year-old full back has his contract expiring this summer and with NUFC already being hinted at as his potential new club, this one is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months. He would slot straight in at left-back to have healthy competition for fan favourite Dan Burn and add a burst of class and pace to that left hand side. The Portugal international already has an impressive CV and would be looking to show that off to the St. James faithful.

Potential – A

Impact – A


  1. Yerry Mina (Everton)

With Everton potentially facing the drop this season, a jump from Merseyside to Newcastle could suit the centre back to a T. The 28-year-old Columbian international would add to NUFC’s already in form back line and bring some South American heat as they look to progress further next season. Mina possesses dominance, aggression, and a great ariel threat and would be a top addition to the magpies this summer.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Jonathan Bamba (Lille)

An explosive winger who made his name known as Lille snatched the league title in 2021 in France, the 26-year-old is still yet to receive a contract extension from the club and could be looking elsewhere in the summer. Adding pace, flair, and drive to an already exciting front three for NUFC could be what fans need going into next season.

Potential – C

Impact – A


  1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Reportedly being close to leaving in the summer window of 2022, Youri Tielemans would be a fine addition to NUFC’s midfield being able to operate in a slightly deeper role to allow Bruno to push further up the field and do what he does best. The 25-year-old has his contract expiring this summer and with him and James Maddison already being linked to the club, this transfer seems to make so much more sense and would add heaps of quality to the centre of the field.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Drive, power, and flair are the 3 best words to describe Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha. The 30-year-old could be looking to depart his beloved club in the hope for European football next season and NUFC could be just the place for him. Being able to operate either on the left or down the middle, Zaha would thrive under Eddie Howe and be a fantastic addition to the front line.

Potential – B

Impact – A

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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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