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Report names four new Newcastle targets and backs up The Athletic's Botman claim

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has a list of five players that he’d love to sign in January.

According to the Daily Mail, the boss wants Bournemouth player Lloyd Kelly and Monchengladbach central defender Matthias Ginter to bolster his rearguard.

Arsenal warrior Mohamed Elneny is another player on the list, with Tottenham centre-back Joe Rodon also a target.

Sven Botman has been linked with Newcastle previously and he remains a target.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

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Furthermore, Newcastle have hired a recruitment specialist to oversee the January transfer window.

Getting deals right is paramount for the Magpies who have won just once in 14 matches this season.

The specialist will be appointed on a short-term deal, with the intention of then getting the director of football decision spot on.

It is claimed that the role will take on a slightly less significance than that of a director of football – but will aid January deals.

Given the latest links, it seems pretty clear where Howe would like to strengthen.

Four defenders make up the five-man list with Elneny also a defence-minded midfielder.

All five would represent decent additions in their own way though and it will be interesting to see how many Newcastle can get over the line.

Realistic: These links will temper expectations at Newcastle

Newcastle fans won’t be too fussed about seeing Kylian Mbappe having a mooch around the Angel of the North just yet.

What they will care deeply about is retaining their Premier League stats ahead of a serious assault on the transfer market in the summer.

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These five players would represent decent additions.

They have a nice blend of youth and experience. Perhaps more crucially though they bolster Newcastle in areas of concern.

Fans will be hoping that at least three or four of these can come to fruition in January.

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