Newcastle United is now one of the world’s wealthiest clubs, thanks to a Premier League-approved takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led group.
In a group managed by businesswoman Amanda Staveley, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) will own 80% of the Premier League club.
Newcastle’s new owners are worth a whopping €260 billion, and the Premier League club could be on the verge of spending money in ways never seen before in football.
As a result, the media has gone mad with speculations about who Newcastle will or could sign, resulting in an unprecedented quantity of transfer reports and rumours.
Eddie Howe’s side is in the Premier League’s relegation zone and has only won once this season. The coming month will be crucial for the new regime as the club’s recruitment team looks to splash the cash and desperately bring in reinforcements.
Take a look at some of the rumoured targets who could save Newcastle’s season next month. Here are 5 January signings that could save the Magpies’ season.
● Dean Henderson
Newcastle United’s goalkeeping situation is odd because they already have Premier League quality in Karl Darlow, and Martin Dubravka has proven to be a capable shot-stopper when fit.
However, bringing in a new, young goalkeeper like Dean Henderson, who has Premier League experience, could be just what the Magpies need to guide them into a new era.
The 24-year-old is anxious for first-team action at Manchester United, where Spanish international David De Gea keeps him out. Therefore he would be available on loan or a permanent move.
● Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen has shown to be one of the top centre-halves in the Premier League over the last few years under Thomas Tuchel’s guidance.
Even though he isn’t the finest in aerial duels, the Danish international is a Champions League winner who is a brilliant game reader with relentless tackling.
With talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge reportedly stalled, the 25-year-old could be available on the open market next summer. However, Christensen would only join Eddie Howe’s side if they end up staying in the Premier League.
● Jesse Lingard
Lingard has previously played in the Premier League for several years, demonstrating that he is a highly creative player with a keen eye for goal.
The 28-year-old is currently out of favour at Manchester United due to the talent and depth moving forward. After a borderline world-class loan spell at West Ham United last season, he scored nine goals, assisted five in 16 appearances, and looks set to leave the club.
● Lautaro Martinez
Newcastle United could do a lot worse than signing Lautaro Martinez in January if they want to make a serious show of purpose. Martinez, regarded as one of Serie A’s top strikers, has yet to sign a new deal with Inter, and his future at the San Siro is uncertain.
Martinez has been linked with Barcelona and Manchester City in the past, so he may choose to wait for a side that is currently in the Champions League, but Newcastle might construct their assault around the Inter striker. For years to come, he would be the team’s focal point.
● Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho, who was once worth £140 million but is now a player Barcelona wants to get rid of, looks set to leave the Camp Nou in January and might be available for a bargain.
His wage demands and bad form would turn off many teams, but not Newcastle. The Brazilian has the look of a superstar who might be the face of the new initiative. If he can recapture his Liverpool form, he could be the difference between survival and relegation for The Magpies.