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Newcastle’s transfer priorities and 5 players Eddie Howe could sign in January

Newcastle are expected to spend big in January following the arrival of their new owners, and potential transfers are being discussed after Eddie Howe was appointed

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Steve Bruce leaves position as Newcastle head coach

Newcastle have finally appointed a new manager after it was announced that Eddie Howe would take charge following the sacking of Steve Bruce last month.

The Magpies remain the only team without a win in the Premier League so far this season, and following the Saudi takeover Howe has been brought in to lead the club in a new era.

However, as much as the owners have ambitions of challenging for the league title within five years, future plans will have to be put on hold as Howe is tasked with fixing results right away to avoid an embarrassing relegation as the world’s richest club.

Newcastle are expected to spend big during the January transfer window, and due to their vast riches, many players have been linked with a move to the club as they begin the transition phase.

Mirror Football has taken a look at five players tipped to be transfer priorities as Howe looks to bolster his squad in January…

Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot has been linked with a January exit from Juventus

Adrien Rabiot arrived at Juventus in 2019 after completing a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain, but reports have surfaced in Italy suggesting that the midfielder could leave the club in January.

The Frenchman has been linked with many Premier League sides but due to his high wage demands, Newcastle now becomes a viable option following the takeover.

According to Calciomercato, Juventus are happy to let Rabiot go due to his excessive salary, and contact has been made with an ‘ambitious’ Newcastle about a potential move.

The report also claim that Rabiot is valued around €15m (£12.8m) ahead of the January window as they attempt to offload the midfielder.

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard is reportedly unsettled at Real Madrid

Newcastle are said to have made Eden Hazard their main target in January, and the Belgian is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid despite suggestion in the summer that he was keen to prove a point.

The former Chelsea star was excellent in the Premier League and departed for Los Blancos in 2019, but injuries have played a major part in his dramatic dip in form since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With Kylian Mbappe poised to sign, Madrid are keen on letting Hazard go as he is one of the highest earners at the club, and Sport Witness claim that Newcastle could prise the star away from the Bernanbeu for €50million (£42.75m).

The move would be a huge statement from Newcastle’s new owners, and if they could revive Hazard’s previous Premier League form then they would benefit greatly.

Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele is out of contract at Barcelona next summer


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Newcastle are also said to be keeping tabs on fellow La Liga star Ousmane Dembele, who’s contract with Barcelona expires next summer.

Demebele cost Barcelona an incredible £135m plus add-ons back in 2017, but the star could walk away for free next summer if a new deal isn’t agreed soon.

New Barcelona boss Xavi has claimed that a new contract for Dembele is a priority, but the club reportedly asked the star to take a pay cut earlier in the season due to their financial issues, which will not be a cause for concern at Newcastle.

Barcelona could cash in on him in January to avoid losing the star for free, and Newcastle are prepared to price out opposition, although it is a risk as Dembele has seen his career hampered with injury since 2017.

Marcelo Brozovic

Marcelo Brozovic is out of contract at Inter Milan next summer

Another star who is out of contract next summer is Marcelo Brozovic, and talks of a new deal have stalled with Inter Milan due to wage demands and interest from other clubs.

According to Calciomercato, Newcastle are one of the sides interested and Inter could be forced into a sale if they cannot tie down the Croatian.

The report also claim that the Serie A champions are that worried about losing Brozovic, they have already identified a potential replacement in Bologna’s Jerdy Schouten.

Newcastle are likely to meet the midfielder’s personal terms to seal a move, but they face competition with Tottenham, as Antonio Conte is rumoured to be keen on a reunion with his former star.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Newcastle are reportedly interested in making Marc-Andre Ter Stegen their no.1


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Newcastle are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as they look for a new no.1 to succeed Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka.

The Magpies have had to rotate over the past season due to injury, and according to a report from Spanish newspaper El Nacional, Newcastle want to sign the German national goalkeeper.

The report claims that Newcastle are willing to offer €55m (£47m) to Barcelona for the 29-year-old, and although under normal circumstances the Catalan club would likely refuse, they could raise much needed funds as the German is under contract until 2025.

However, like with Dembele, the incoming arrival of club legend Xavi may thwart Newcastle’s chances of completing a deal, with the Barcelona squad set to be excited by the arrival of the new manager.

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