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Newcastle United: Downie says work ahead of January window may have started

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Newcastle United may have already started working behind the scenes on signing a winger in the January transfer window.

That is according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the latest news at St. James’ Park during the international break.

Having signed five players so far this season, it was widely assumed that Eddie Howe’s side would be looking to add a winger to their squad ahead of the Premier League campaign.

Chelsea and United States winger Christian Pulisic was identified as a transfer target, alongside Bayer Leverkusen and France wide man Moussa Diaby, and Everton and England U21 international Anthony Gordon.

However, the Magpies never managed to secure any of the wide men, and were left with the same options that they had last season.

And Downie believes that people at Newcastle will have already identified who they may want to try and sign in the January transfer window to fill a gap in the club’s winger department.

“I think at the moment, the glaringly obvious addition that’s required is a winger.

“I would think that work will have already been started they’re looking at who to bring in in January.”

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TIF Thoughts on Downie’s comments

It’s not unusual for clubs to begin working on their January transfer business well in advance of the opening of the window, and after having played seven Premier League fixtures, it seems glaringly obvious that this is the department the Magpies need to strengthen. 

Howe’s side have won just one game in the Premier League so far this season, but sit in tenth due to having only lost one as well, putting them tenth in the league table.

Having only scored eight goals so far this season, the club may feel they need to add a fresh face in their attacking line this winter, and therefore we think that Downie is likely to be correct, and targets will have already been identified ahead of a potential January surge for a winger.

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