As the Joelinton transfer turns into the usual saga associated with any Newcastle signing, Steve Bruce has been linked with a pair of English forwards as he looks to bring in further reinforcements.
While it is obvious the club need to strengthen significantly – particularly at the top end of the pitch – the worst thing they could do, is sign players just for the sake of it.
But Newcastle’s problem is the length of time they have waited to launch their recruitment drive.
The closer the end of the window gets, the higher the asking prices. After years of failed transfer campaigns, you would assume Lee Charnley would have figured it out by now. But alas, it appears not.
So with time running out, Newcastle are said to have been offered Danny Welbeck, and are reported to be contemplating a move to bring Andy Carroll back to the club. Both are free agents, having been released by Arsenal and West Ham respectively.
While Joelinton is an exciting prospect – assuming he eventually signs – the two free agents are much less so.
Newcastle United’s ambition is always questioned
Fans continually question the club’s ambition, as did former manager Rafa Benitez, and it is precisely because of these types of potential deals.
Carroll should not be brought back just because he is from the region. His injury record is a disaster, his goal-scoring record has been very poor since he left St James’ Park, and he is simply no longer good enough at the top level.
Welbeck, 28, although a better option than Carroll, should also be avoided. Again, he has a very poor injury record, and like Carroll, has not scored consistently for a long time.
Quite how Charnley or Bruce think either of them will take the club forward is baffling. We hope the speculation is just that, and the pair will not be wearing a black and white shirt next season.
But one thing is certain, the club simply must start getting deals completed now. Given Newcastle’s past record on transfer deadline day, leaving it until the last minute to get business done will be an unmitigated disaster.