Five relegation-threatened stars Newcastle should sign

Despite a disappointing result against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, Newcastle are currently on course to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Indeed, the Magpies are two points clear at the top of the Championship and prior to last weekend were enjoying a run of nine consecutive wins across all competitions.

In a nutshell, Rafa Benitez’s boys are in good stead to claim promotion via the second tier title – which in turn, puts them in an incredibly strong position going into the January transfer window.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed in football but Newcastle can now attract players with essentially the promise of top-flight football, not only strengthening their squad for the second half of the campaign but also preparing it for the competitiveness and quality of the Premier League.

And in FootballFanCast’s opinion, there’s no better place for the Magpies to start their mid-season shopping than the lower end of the Premier League table – most particularly, those players staring relegation in the face who will be keen to start anew in the top flight next summer.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at five relegation-threatened stars Rafa Benitez should target during the January transfer window.