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Newcastle United: Fabrizio Romano discusses January transfer targets

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Fabrizio Romano has been speaking on the FIVE YouTube channel about the areas Newcastle United will target in January.

The Magpies have seen themselves linked with players ranging from James Tarkowski and Jesse Lingard to much more outlandish and bigger names like Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Stefan de Vrij, but as long as they remain locked in talks with potential directors of football, all of those names may be more difficult to sign.

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Eddie Howe has admitted that he’s not currently thinking about the January transfer window; instead, the new head coach is concentrating on working with the current crop of players he has at his disposal.

That could be considered a sensible thing to do, as if he looks too far ahead, the Magpies could well be cut adrift from safety when January comes around. However, Howe’s stance does not mean that the owners and people above him can’t begin putting plans in place and having initial talks with some targets.

Romano has revealed which three areas Newcastle are looking to improve in January.

“I’m told for January they want a centre-back and they want a creative midfielder and a striker – this is the list for Newcastle in January. Let’s see what the new director will decide, but this could be the potential list for Newcastle, these three positions.”

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With Romano claiming that the Magpies will be looking for a creative midfielder, that should come as no surprise as they rank 19th in the league for expected goals, shots on target per 90 minutes and also for passes that enter the opposition’s final third (as per FBRef), which highlights the obvious need for a player that can create chances for Callum Wilson to finish.

It could be a scary scenario for opposition teams if the Magpies can find a creative midfielder to take defenders away from Allan Saint-Maximin and also offer Wilson more regular and better chances, as the striker has 16 goals in 30 league appearances – and that was in a Steve Bruce side, never mind a Howe team who will look to play on the front foot, according to the new head coach.

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