The January transfer window is fast approaching, and recent talk has been about Steve Bruce’s plans to bring new faces to Newcastle during the winter sales period.
With Bruce constantly straight-batting answers with how tough it is to buy players in January, there is little optimism over new signings among Toon fans.
There has been talk of a budget being available for Bruce, with some money left in the pot after the club’s summer dealings, but the actual amount is not known.
Bruce insists he will be ready to bring players in if the right ones are available, but due to the short time available for teams to replace sold players, transfer fees of often inflated.
So if Bruce only has a limited spending amount, he may need to sell in a bid to generate further funds.
We look at five of Newcastle’s senior squad who should be sold in January.
Rumours have resurfaced around interest in the striker from West Brom, and it comes in a week where Bruce has openly talked up Gayle, and his potential importance to the team.
But his ability in the Premier League is questionable, and of all the players Newcastle could receive money for in January, Gayle is likely to attract the highest fee.
If Newcastle can get anywhere between £15-20 million for him, and it can be reinvested in an attacking replacement, it would be stupidity not to accept it
Shelvey could not get into the side in the latter half of last season, and although he was expected to leave in the summer, he opted to stay.
His form has been woeful when he has played this season, and he must surely have had his last chance on Tyneside.
If any bid is received for him in January, Newcastle should accept it without a second thought.
Ki Sung Yueng
Ki has been underwhelming at best since arriving from Swansea, with him never looking like a player capable of cementing a place in the starting XI.
It is hard to remember any significant contribution he has made during his spell on Tyneside, and Newcastle should be making other clubs aware they will listen to offers for the South Korean.
There is something likeable about Japanese striker Muto. He never seems to complain, and always seems grateful to be at Newcastle.
But being a nice bloke is not enough to be successful in the Premier League. Apart from one brief moment at Old Trafford last season, Muto has never looked like he has what it takes to an English top flight striker.
One of Rafa’s less auspicious signings, he should be made available in January.
He has never been anything more than a bit-part player at Newcastle, and that he has never secured a long-term starting place under Rafa Benitez or Steve Bruce, suggests he never will.
The signing of Emil Krafth, and the subsequent return to fitness of DeAndre Yedlin, means the Spaniard is now surplus to requirements, which should see him asked to find a new club after Christmas.
Despite rarely letting the side down when he has been given an opportunity, Fernandez finds himself behind a number of players in the centre-back pecking order.
In many ways, it is unfortunate he plays in the one position where there is real strength in-depth, and he would likely start at many Premier League sides outside the top-six.
For the player’s own sake, and his career, he should be reluctantly allowed to leave.