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Newcastle United’s recent victory over West Ham United lifted the Magpies out of the relegation zone for the time being at least, however manager Rafael Benitez will see beyond the result and would like reinforcements to add to his squad in the January transfer window, in order to secure Premier League safety.
With just less than a week to go before the window opens, Benitez is still unsure of his exact budget, although it is understood that there is money available.
Rafa has stressed on numerous occasions that new signings are needed, while also stating that not enough incomings were made during the summer, resulting in United’s subsequent league position. Rafa is desperate for the Magpies hierarchy to not repeat their previous errors, also adding that he is confident that owner Mike Ashley will put his hand in his pocket.
Acquiring new players during the winter window is difficult enough, as many clubs are reluctant to let members of their squads leave mid-season, while others up the prices, making it almost impossible to conduct business.
With United’s budget currently unknown, it is unlikely that Mike Ashley will present Rafa with a blank cheque book and an unlimited amount to spend; such is the nature of the tight-fisted businessman.
What is likely is that Newcastle will seek to exploit the loan market, which is an economical approach. The Toon have already been linked with multiple loan moves for players, including Danny Ings, Kenedy, Islam Slimani and Luke Shaw.
All of the mentioned players will no doubt improve United’s squad, while they are also not regulars for their clubs. Benitez has previously mentioned that he is looking for Premier League experience in January, with the selected players fitting the bill.
Such potential loan moves are sensible considering the circumstances of the two parties; players who need game time can sign on loan for Newcastle and if successful they may sign permanently in the summer, however if not then they would have had a fair amount of playing time which would do them no harm at all.
There are certain obstacles in regards to loaning players from fellow Premier League clubs. Only one player can be signed on loan from a single Premier League team, while no more than two domestic loans can be made. As a result, only two out of the aforementioned names can be acquired on a loan basis.
Even two loanees, coupled with two or three other signings will bolster Rafa’s squad. January is the first stage in Benitez’s vision for Newcastle United, with the ultimate aim this season being to remain in the Premier League. If triumphant, this will allow United to receive a share of the extensive television money, causing the Magpies to finally compete financially with the majority of Premier League teams.
Furthermore, any potential takeover relies hugely on survival. If United strengthen correctly in January and then stay up, a change of ownership would be imminent. Newcastle must spend in order to keep their prospective bright future intact.
Written by Dawud Arshad
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