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Luke Edwards drops Newcastle United transfer update

The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has dropped his latest update on Newcastle United’s transfer plans for this January window, and it doesn’t make for exciting reading for Magpies fans…

What’s the story?

Writing initially on Twitter, he said: “Newcastle transfer news: Four attacking players under consideration as recruitment plans take shape. EXCL four names, all domestic based, some more obtainable than others. Foreign forwards also been looked at but preference is for those with Premier League experience understandably.”

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Then, in a follow-up article for The Telegraph, he added that the likes of Divock Origi, Todd Cantwell and Dominic Solanke are among the names being considered by the Newcastle board as they look to make some new signings this month.

Fans will be fuming

While Edwards’ claim that the Magpies are targeting attacking players, and those with Premier League experience, is at first glance agreeable, the names he has suggested Eddie Howe’s side are looking at is underwhelming to say the least.

Two of the three mentioned by Edwards are not regular starters at their respective clubs, and none of them have they pulled up any trees in the Premier League.

Origi is perhaps the most household name given his previous exploits in the Champions League with Liverpool, but has hardly even featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, managing just ten appearances in all competitions – his goal record for the club? A measly 40 in 167, albeit with a number of those coming off the bench.

Cantwell meanwhile find himself in a similar situation of not being able to find regular game-time with Norwich, but while Origi’s case is understandable given the sheer quality of options in front of him and the fact Liverpool are challenging for titles both domestically and abroad, the same cannot be said of the Canaries ace.

Solanke on the other hand has been in fine form in the Championship with 19 goals in 26 games in all competitions, but his previous stints in the Premier League have been disappointing – just four goals and three assists in a whopping 63 games in the top-flight.

It would be no surprise then if Magpies fans are left fuming by the thought of their club targeting these three players in particular and seeing them as their potential saviours from relegation.

It’s a transfer shortlist that leaves little room for excitement.

Meanwhile, Craig Hope has delivered an update on Callum Wilson…

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