Following Newcastle United’s takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, there was an heir of inevitability that the Magpies would significantly strengthen their squad in a bid to fight against relegation from the Premier League.
Back in October, after the sale of the St James’ Park club by Mike Ashley, Financial Fair Play Rules stated that the Toon Army would be able to spend in a region of £200m in the January Transfer Window. It is hardly a surprise that Newcastle look like they could be on their way to doing this, considering they are 19th in the Premier League table and just two points behind 17th placed Watford.
As far, the Magpies have been linked to several names, such as Anthony Martial, Sven Botman, Diego Carlos, Benoit Badiashille, Aaron Ramsey, Todd Cantwell and more, as they look to improve a playing squad that lacks significant amounts of quality in key areas, having conceded 42 in 19 Premier League games, whilst averaging one goal scored per match.
England international right-back Kieran Trippier recently became Newcastle’s first signing of their new era, headed by former manager Eddie Howe, signing from the champions of Spain, Atletico Madrid for an astute fee of £12m plus add-ons, leaving plenty of finances to strengthen in other key areas, however, their second signing is one that not many had anticipated.