With the 2022 January transfer market officially open, here is a look at three out of contract players who Newcastle United should target throughout January.
Newcastle currently sit 19th in the Premier League at time of writing and are engaged in a fight for survival, yet have mega-rich new owners who will be eager to boost the quality within their squad with new signings.
Whilst Kieran Trippier is close to sealing a move to St James’ Park, there are several players like Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti currently linked to Newcastle of which only Dembele is set to be out of contract this summer.
On that note, here are three additional out of contract players which Newcastle should target before the transfer window shuts on 31 January, in order to boost the quality across their outfield playing selections.
With Newcastle’s defence currently forming the weakest section of their squad, James Tarkowski would be a strong player which they should look to sign to boost their central defensive quality.
Tarkowski also has the additional pulling power of being within the final six months of his contract which could well benefit Newcastle financially, should he want to leave and Burnley decide to make a profit on the 29 year-old who is currently worth £19.8m based on Transfermarkt estimation.
Another reason why Tarkowski should be an attractive buy for Newcastle is the fact that he has been a consistently strong defender in various defensive areas, which should hopefully mean that he fits in well defensively with added quality.
Having fallen from favour at Manchester United with just 12 appearances in all competitions this season, Jesse Lingard surely would be a solid headline signing to boost Newcastle’s midfield which has often lacked quality this season despite recent improvements.
Lingard’s loan spell at West Ham during second half of last season also showed that he is capable of strong quality in an attack-minded team, which is evident in Newcastle under Howe who is known for his attacking style and would suit Lingard well.
Man Utd also have to consider that Lingard is out of contract this summer and with a transfer value of £18m, it surely would be simple to part company now for a fair transfer fee than risk losing him for nothing in July and Newcastle could be a new ideal fit for the England international.
With Joelinton hardly setting any matches alight this season despite even the introduction of a more attacking style, Divock Origi surely would be worth a look at signing as a new striker option alongside the impressive Callum Wilson.
A transfer would therefore suit Origi who has only made 27 appearances in all competitions in the last two seasons for Liverpool, yet has still managed six goals so could establish himself as a regular at St James’ Park alongside Wilson up front.
Origi also is low down Liverpool’s pecking order at present with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota all ahead of him, so perhaps this could be the fresh challenge needed for the Belgian to get regular action ahead of November’s FIFA World Cup.
Stats also show that Origi would add extra aerial quality during set pieces as well as in open play with his feet, which would be of huge benefit for Newcastle if he is given the correct service from teammates to create goalscoring opportunities.