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Transfer Rumours: Top 10 players linked with a move to Newcastle United in January according to bookmakers



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Credit: REUTERS - Dozens of players have been linked with a move to SJP...

Newcastle United are tipped to sign a number of players in January transfer window, especially in the defensive department…

The need for Newcastle to bring in defensive reinforcements in January was highlighted once again as Eddie Howe’s side conceded 3 goals at home to Brentford last time out.

Skipper Jamaal Lascelles gave the home side a blistering start in Howe’s first game before former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney equalised a minute later. His shot burst through the hands of goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Rico Henry then fired the Bees in front.

Joelinton’s thunderous shot into the bottom corner levelled the game at half time after the ball fell to his feet following a typically mazy run from Allan Saint-Maximin.

A deflected own goal off the knee of Lascelles put the visitors ahead once again before ASM finished off an exciting counter-attack to make it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining. The Magpies were unable to get all three points despite Joelinton missing a guilt-edged opportunity in the final stages. 

Howe’s side remain five points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table and are in desperate need of picking up points against Norwich City and Burnley at SJP, ahead of a challenging Christmas period. 

Fans may be hopeful after the attacking threat shown on Saturday, but will be extremely worried by the woeful defensive display as the Magpies still search for their first win of the campaign. 

Newcastle are expected to spend big in the upcoming January transfer window following the Saudi-led takeover of the club last month and have already been linked with a myriad of players. 

Most names have been merely speculation, while some are more realistic. One thing is for sure, United need to improve their defence in the mid-season window. 

Jessie Lingard, Donny Van de Beek and Ross Barkley are amongst the attackers who could be tempted by a move to SJP, but there are a number of defensive options who are favourites to join the club.

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, who played under Howe at Bournemouth, and James Tarkowski are two players strongly tipped for move to the North-East. Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has also been linked with the Magpies who are in a position to sign the trio.

Enthusiastic Wolves centre-back Conor Coady is amongst the outsiders to join the club in January. 

Here is a list of the transfer specials currently offered by PaddyPower and SkyBet for players to make the move to St. James’ Park:

James Tarkowski – 5/4

The Burnley defender is out of contract in the summer and could be available for a fee of around £3million. He has plenty of Premier League experience and has the ability to help sure up the leaky Newcastle defence. 

Credit: James Tarkowski Instagram – the defender is out of contract in the summer

Many Magpie fans have made their voices heard and Tarkowski is high up on their list to make up for the defensive incompetence shown this season.

The towering centre-back is said to want a new challenge and with less than a year left on his contract is likely to leave Turf Moor in January. Expect Newcastle to put an offer on Dyche’s table and challenge the hand of the Burnley boss.

Dean Henderson – 5/2

The Manchester United man is considered one of the leading prospects in the English game and has starred for the Red Devils on a number of occasions. He has already shown his Premier League ability and helped United to a second place finish last campaign.

Credit: Dean Henderson Instagram – England’s next no.1?

This year he seems to be back in the shadows of Spanish stopper David de Gea and is rumoured to want a move away from the Manchester club for a new challenge and to become first choice once again. 

Newcastle already have a couple of talented Keepers at the club but could be tempted to bring the potential next England no.1 to Tyneside. 

Aaron Ramsey – 11/4

The ex Arsenal midfielder moved to the Serie A on a free transfer in 2019 after spending ten years at the North London club. 

After lengthy spells on the sidelines he is yet to form a friendly relationship with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri he is thought to want a move away from Turin and back to the Premier League.

Credit: Aaron Ramsey Instagram – the midfielder has been in great form for his country

Despite putting in a number of quality performances for his country scoring three goals in his last three appearances for Wales, his club form has been lacking. His experience of the English game and versatility in the midfield could help change the fortunes of Newcastle this season. 

His £400,000k a-week salary could be make or break for some clubs and puts Newcastle at the top of the list to sign him following the Saudi-led takeover of the club.

Nathan Ake – 3/1

The ex Bournemouth stalwart is used to Eddie Howe’s style of play and has only managed three Premier League appearances this season at Manchester City. He is low in the pecking order at City, with Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones ahead of him.

Howe may be looking towards familiar faces in his bid to take Newcastle to safety and kickstart the new era. With a budget of around £200million available to the Magpies in January, they may test Guardiola’s hand in the transfer window. 

Despite the negative feelings towards Newcastle among the Premier League elite, City are one club believed to be without a strong opinion meaning a deal may be possible. The Dutch defender is known as a ball-playing centre back and alongside Tarkowski could form a new partnership at the back for the Magpies. 

Credit: Nathan Ake Instagram – the centre-back has made only three appearances this season for City

Ross Barkley – 7/2

With a severe lack of players who can drive forward with the ball, Newcastle may be looking to tempt Chelsea man Ross Barkley away from Stamford Bridge.

The English midfielder played on-loan at Aston Villa last season and showed glimpses of his talent before having a large period on the sidelines due to injury. He likes to carry the ball through midfield and has a creative element to his game too. 

His lack of game-time at title favourites Chelsea means he may be looking elsewhere in January and could help bolster Newcastle’s chances of finding some form in the second half of the season.

Credit: Ross Barkley Instagram – could the Chelsea man be tempted by a move to SJP?

The 27 year-old Englishman often looks to drop between the lines and likes to unlock defences with key passes – could he help the Mags going forward?

The list goes on…

Here are some other names that have been linked with Newcastle in the January transfer window:

*odds as shown at time of writing and may vary*

Adama Traore 7/2

Dele Alli 4/1

Wilfried Zaha 5/1

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 5/1

Jesse Lingard – 6/1

Ousmane Dembele 6/1

Donny Van de Beek 7/1

Conor Coady 15/2

Raheem Sterling 8/1

Gini Wijnaldum 10/1

Who would you like to see brought to SJP in January? Can Newcastle avoid the drop? How much will Howe look to spend in the mid-season window?

Join in the conversation and have your say.

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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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