Mark Douglas has been speaking on a recent edition of the Everything is Black and White podcast about all things Newcastle United.
One of the topics that he spent a bit of time talking about was transfers and what potential deals the Toon have lined up for the upcoming January transfer window.
In January 2020, Newcastle signed Nabil Bentaleb, Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose on loan deals, and Douglas seems to be expecting a similar sort of window from Newcastle.
He said: “I think probably, they are going to go and get two or three.
“I think they’ll look to do deals.
“I think it will be very similar to last January, where they probably know that they will just need to refresh the squad.
“Loans, probably for me, would be the most realistic [business] – they kept those loan slots free for a reason.
“I don’t think Steve Bruce is crying out for new players, but I think the attitude will be that [they will] keep an eye out if there are any deals that can make [them] better.”
Do you think Newcastle will just sign loan players in January?
Yes, we won't be making any permanent transfers
No, we might sign one player permanently
TIF Thoughts on the Toon’s potential January plans…
In the last transfer window, it was claimed that Newcastle had a budget of around £35m and considering they spent just under that to bring Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Mark Gillespie into the squad, we wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t have that much to spend.
So Newcastle could well be looking at loan deals and have had a tendency to do similar in the past, with Miguel Almiron the only player to have joined the Toon permanently across the last four January transfer windows.
With that and the Toon’s limited budget in mind, we agree with Douglas that loan deals look to be the most likely business from Newcastle, and we will be interested to see who ends up on Tyneside by the time the window closes.