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Newcastle: Craig Hope expects Toon to consider loan signings

Newcastle United are likely to look into the loan market this month but are unlikely to be given any help from other Premier League clubs.

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Almost two weeks into the January transfer window, Newcastle are yet to open their wallet with no new faces having come through the door this month.

And there is serious speculation as to whether Newcastle will be restricted by FFP regulations this month with the summer a potential opportunity for them to invest in new players.

There have been some links to players they are interested in with the likes of Ivan Fresneda of Real Valladolid, but there is the expectation loan deals could be on the agenda later this month.

This has been suggested by the reliable Newcastle correspondent, Craig Hope, who has been speaking on his YouTube channel about the possibility of some temporary signings coming through the doors of St. James’ Park:

(2:30) “I wouldn’t be surprised if they go into the loan market. Now, that will be more difficult from a domestic perspective because the players who are perhaps good enough to come to Newcastle now probably play for four teams in the top six/top seven and why are they going to help out a team who are flying such as Newcastle? So yeah, probably one to watch on that front.”

Short-term improvements

Newcastle have already seen how loan deals can pay off in recent years with Joe Willock’s loan spell from Arsenal one of the more impressive temporary moves seen in the Premier League.

The midfielder returned a stunning eight goals in just 14 Premier League appearances for the Magpies during Steve Bruce’s tenure at the club.

And under Howe, Matt Targett impressed during his loan spell from Aston Villa and played a big role in the starting XI last season – albeit having been uprooted by Dan Burn this season.

So there is definitely a case to be made that loans should not be discounted this month if Newcastle do not have the ability to spend on some of the big-name targets like James Maddison.

But there is the concern of whether Newcastle could actually bring in a high-quality player this month from a side that would actually be willing to potentially improve the Tyneside club.

Newcastle have shown up to now that they do not need to go knocking on the doors of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for some of their players.

However, the January window can often prove a difficult one to navigate so it does seem as if Dan Ashworth has his work cut out in the weeks to come.

What would be interesting to see is whether there would be scope for Newcastle to potentially pursue a loan deal with the option/obligation to buy in the summer.

This has proven a major success with their Champions League rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, in the signing of Dejan Kulusevski and could certainly be an option for Newcastle to consider.