An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s transfer plans as the Toon look to bolster their squad in the January transfer window…
Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has claimed that the Magpies are in the market for another striker after bringing in Chris Wood from Burnley.
The reporter Tweeted: “£20m a lot of money for Wood but Newcastle well aware they’re running out of time to get players in. Was imperative they got at least one striker in before Saturday.”
He then added this five-word update: “Still trying for a second.”
This is update will surely leave Newcastle fans buzzing simply because it indicates that the club will add further firepower to their squad.
Eddie Howe’s team is not blessed with goalscorers and this means that bringing in players who can find the back of the net could provide him with a major lift ahead of the second half of the season.
It also reduces the chances of their transfer dealings flopping as it gives them two opportunities to bring in a striker who can score the goals to keep them up. For example, Wood could come through the door and struggle badly but the second forward they sign may hit the ground running and replicate Joe Willock’s eight-goal run from last season to keep the team in the division.
This is particularly important as Callum Wilson is currently out injured and set to miss the next couple of months of Premier League action. The ex-Bournemouth centre-forward is the club’s top scorer in the top tier this term, with six strikes to his name, and his absence leaves a major hole to fill at the top end of the pitch for Howe as he is their main goalscoring threat and is now set to miss crucial matches.
Therefore, fans will be delighted that the club are not resting on their laurels by only bringing in Wood and are prepared to improve their depth by signing another striker to compete with the Burnley man and Wilson when they are all fit later in the campaign.
However, it is down to Howe and his team to identify the right target to ensure they get a striker who can come in and produce the goods in the top-flight.