Reporter thinks Newcastle will make a loan signing during the January transfer window
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Reporter thinks Newcastle will make a loan signing during the January transfer window

The January transfer window is edging closer, and it will be interesting to see if Newcastle United make any signings, be they permanent or on loan.

Eddie Howe’s side are flying at the moment, sitting third in the Premier League. The Magpies are contenders to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and their position could be strengthened by some January arrivals.

There have been some exciting names linked with moves to St James’ Park at the start of 2023. The biggest name is James Maddison, but there has also been speculation surrounding South American teenagers Andrey Santos and Maximo Perrone.

It has been reported that the Toon owners don’t intend on spending big during January, but Howe is surely keen to strengthen his squad even further after a great start to the campaign. He didn’t get all the targets he wanted during the summer, and is likely keen to increase the level of depth in his squad.

Newcastle are in a strong position heading into January, and Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie has admitted that he thinks the club will make two new signings in January.

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Downie on Newcastle possibly using the loan market

Downie, who covers Newcastle for Sky Sports, has been speaking to Give Me Sport, and gave his thoughts on the upcoming January transfer window.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see them bring in a midfielder and a winger, with one of them being a loan,” he said.

“If they can get a loan deal done, then I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what they do.”

Loan signing could be difficult for Newcastle

Since the change of ownership at St James’ Park, Newcastle have only used the loan market once. That saw Matt Targett temporarily leave Aston Villa and join the Magpies back in January. He played so well that he earned a permanent £15million move to the North East.

But other than that, Newcastle have struggled to complete loan deals. It looked like a potential avenue for success for Howe in the transfer market, but that hasn’t been the case.

Instead, teams have been unwilling to help Newcastle out. Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a loan target during the summer, but Arsenal would not let him join the Magpies. Instead they sent him to Southampton.

Given Newcastle’s recent upturn in fortunes, they are now seen as a threat. Therefore, domestic loan deals are seemingly off the table.

It might be a different case away from home, but any additions in January, whether it’s permanent or on loan, would be more than welcome.