The Magpies have endured a woeful start to the 2015/16 campaign in which they’ve picked up just two points from six games, leaving them firmly embedded in the relegation zone – only bitter rivals Sunderland’s inferior goal difference is keeping them from the foot of the table.
These performances have come in spite of the club investing heavily during the last window to sign players such as Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin, Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but reports claim that the Tynesiders are willing to make more moves this winter.
Manager Steven McClaren in reportedly eager to bolster his defensive ranks, with Matip of Schalke and Wolfsburg’s Knoche the stars he wants.
The former, who has represented Cameroon at international level, and has been lauded for his physicality and ability to play in midfield.
A deal for Knoche may hinge on his side’s Champions League exploits, as he’s understood to be keen to stay if they make it to the last 16.