Newcastle United has already made its first move of the January transfer window and it’s a clear statement of intent that the Magpies will be active to avoid relegation, sitting in 19th place with just one win and 11 total points.
The club managed by Eddie Howe has one of the league’s worst defenses, with 42 goals conceded in just 19 matches and an all-time worst total of 80 goals allowed in the 2021 calendar year. But he has helped address those shortcomings by adding England international Kieran Trippier in a $16.2 million transfer from Atletico Madrid. Trippier can play either fullback position and will bring quality, tenacity and leadership to the club.
But Newcastle will not just be looking at the defensive side of the ball. They’ve only scored just 19 goals themselves, which is worse than all but the other two teams in the relegation zone at the start of 2022. So attacking help will surely be coming before January is done.
The Magpies are under new ownership, recently acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, chaired by Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman. While there was backlash amid the takeover by what amounts essentially to a foreign government, the takeover went through and there are expected to be significant available funds for reinforcements this winter.
Below is the updated list of Newcastle player transactions during the January 2022 transfer window and the updated squad list. It will be fascinating to see how much they do spend given the real threat of relegation and which players want to join actually the fight to avoid the drop.
- 1 Newcastle Transfers: January 2022 winter window
- 2 Newcastle United squad 2021-22
- 3 Newcastle transfer rumors & news
Newcastle Transfers: January 2022 winter window
|Jan. 7||Kieran Trippier||Defender||31||Atletico Madrid||$16.2 million transfer + add-ons
2.5-year contract + option
|Jan. 13||Chris Wood||Striker||30||Burnley||$33 million transfer|
Newcastle United squad 2021-22
Below is the updated Newcastle United first-team roster. New additions during the January 2022 window will be noted in bold:
Goalkeepers (4): Karl Darlow, Martin Dubravka, Mark Gillespie, Freddie Woodman.
Defenders (10): Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Federico Fernandez, Emil Krafth, Jamaal Lascelles, Jamal Lewis, Javier Manquillo, Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar, Kieran Trippier
Midfielders (8): Miguel Almiron, Elliot Anderson, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock.
Forwards (6): Ryan Fraser, Dwight Gayle, Joelinton, Jacob Murphy, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson, Chris Wood.
The current Newcastle projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:
Newcastle projected starting XI (4-5-1): Dubravka (GK) — Lewis, Lascelles, Schar, Trippier — Saint-Maximin, Shelvey, Joelinton, S. Longstaff, Fraser — Wilson.
Newcastle back-ups: Woodman (GK), Gillespie (GK), Clark (CB), Fernandez (CB), Krafth (RB), Manquillo (RB), Dummett (LB), Ritchie (LWB), Hendrick (CM), M. Longstaff (CM), Almiron (CAM), Anderson (CAM), Murphy (RW), Gayle (CF).
(GK = goalkeeper; CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing)
Newcastle transfer rumors & news
Here’s the latest on the Newcastle United transfer front based on reports in Europe:
Bruno Guimaraes saga
With just a few days until Deadline Day, reports emerged that Newcastle had agreed to a deal with Lyon for a $40 million transfer of highly coveted midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. The reaction on social media was mostly shock, given that low of a transfer fee for such a good player. The reports all stated that Guimaraes, who is in South America currently on international duty, would complete the medical in Brazil ahead of an agreed switch to Newcastle.
Because of this timeline, there was speculation by reporters that bigger clubs could see this low fee and make a swoop with a similar offer, ruining Newcastle’s chances at completing the transfer. Then, Lyon made the unusual move of publicly denying a fee had been agreed to in the first place. It’s possible that Lyon began fielding other offers and wished to buy more time to negotiate with other clubs.
L’Olympique Lyonnais dément catégoriquement les fausses informations diffusées par de nombreux médias faisant état d’un accord entre Newcastle et l’OL pour le transfert du milieu de terrain international brésilien Bruno Guimaraes. https://t.co/d0bjVX6UsC
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) January 26, 2022
Will Newcastle sign another forward?
To add to Newcastle’s already significant list of woes, top scorer Callum Wilson was injured during the festive fixture finale, and suddenly the already thin attack looks even more paltry. Allan Saint-Maximin has also struggled with minor injuries, the target of opponents who often hack the talented winger.
The Magpies put their money where their mouth is, signing Burnley striker Chris Wood, shelling out over $27 million for the Clarets frontman after meeting his release clause. Wood has just three Premier League goals in 17 appearances this season, but he’s done enough to impress Newcastle. The deal will both help the Magpies and hurt a relegation rival, so it does kill two birds with one stone.
£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. Still trying for a second #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 11, 2022
Now, the Magpies to look to potentiall add further attacking reinforcements, and they had previously set their sights high, with links to the likes of Luka Jovic and Gabigol. However, to this point those links have proven duds.
A deal which fell through in 2018 could be revived, as reports indicate Newcastle is back in for French striker Alassane Plea, whose Borussia Monchengladbach contract expires in the summer of 2023. The Magpies lodged a bid for Plea three years ago when he was with French club Nice, which was rebuffed, and Plea was eventually sold to the German side later that summer for $25 million. According to French publication L’Equipe on Jan. 18, Newcastle is monitoring Plea’s situation at Gladbach, and SportBild reporter Christian Falk stated a day later that Newcastle was looking to submit a bid shortly.
According to Christian Falk of German publication Bild, Newcastle has shown interest in Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, along with Everton in for him as well. The 32-year-old has spent his entire glittering career with Bayern, but his contract expires in the summer of 2023 and with his increased age, it’s possible the club may wish to move on.
Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard has been pushing for a move all winter, and according to the Manchester Evening News, Newcastle is putting together a loan offer for the 29-year-old. Convincing a stubborn Ralf Rangnick to deplete his squad will prove another task, however. Rangnick said on Jan. 21 that he would like Lingard to stay, but the deal is in the hands of the executives. Money could be a method of convincing, as 90Min reports Manchester United has received a massive $12 million loan offer from Newcastle to bring Lingard aboard, plus a salary addendum for Lingard as part of the deal as well.
Also recently mentioned is 19-year-old Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, with Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports reporting that Newcastle is expected to submit a bid soon. The youngster has a contract through 2024 with the French side but his eight goals and three assists this season are enticing the Premier League side.
Newcastle was linked with Moussa Dembele of Lyon back in December, and the Daily Mail claims that he continues to be an option. After breaking through with Fulham, Dembele has seen time with Celtic and Lyon before spending the second half of last season on loan at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side decided against activating the option to buy, and with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Lyon could look to sell this winter. News on this link has died down since the start of the window, however.
TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has reported that Newcastle has agreed to personal terms with Atalanta wide man Robin Gosens, who has risen to the level of German international during his time with the Italian club. That could be a potentially brilliant signing, as Gosens is still in his prime at 27 years old, although he’s been kept out of action this season due to a hamstring injury.
Magipes definitely need defenders
While Trippier will be a welcome addition, the Magpies have shipped enough goals this season to indicate that one player alone won’t be sufficient to completely turn things around. Jamal Lascelles has dipped in form this season and his partnership with Fabian Schar has fallen apart. Newcastle has been linked with a zillion defenders as the club looks to find a deal that fits, but many of them have fallen apart.
Most recently, the Magipes have been linked with Sevilla defender Diego Carlos who has agreed to personal terms with the club, according to Fabrizio Romano. However, an agreement with Sevilla will be a different challenge, with the Spanish side still holding out for more than the $40 million offered, according to the report. On Jan. 21, Romano updated the situation reminding fans that personal terms have indeed been agreed to, and the club is pushing hard for Carlos to stay, resisting in every way possible, but Newcastle is “willing to insist” so a standoff has ensued.
Early January rumors involved Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, who the Spanish club was reportedly attempting to move, motivated by a desire to shed his contract and wages. However, Barcelona announced on January 10 that Umtiti has finally agreed to a new contract, likely ending any chance of him leaving the club in the winter. To further harm the chances of a deal, the oft-injured defender has suffered a broken foot in Barcelona training, leaving him out of action for a possible three-month recovery, meaning this link is probably all but dead.
Newcastle could be afforded the chance to sign PSG defender Abdou Diallo, according to a report by journalist Liam Kennedy. The deal would be a tricky one as Diallo is on duty with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, and if the country progresses deep into the tournament, it could disrupt negotiations through the transfer window deadline. The 25-year-old signed for PSG in the summer of 2019 from Borussia Dortmund but has failed to nail down a meaningful starting spot.
Everton’s Mason Holgate has appeared as an option for Newcastle according to Sky Sports, but the Toffees have reportedly already rejected a loan bid by Trabzonspor and would like to keep hold of the young English defender if possible. Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic has reportedly been offered to the Magpies, according to The Express, although the 24-year-old has been a part of a leaky Fiorentina back line this season, with a 4-0 mid-January loss to Torino in mid-January marking a low point in their season.
Sven Botman of Lille had been rumored but according to Luke Edwards of The Telegraph and David Ornstein of The Athletic, Lille is not open to a possible sale and any potential deal is dead. The Magpies also reportedly wanted to snatch James Tarkowski from fellow relegation battlers Burnley, but Edwards also reported it to be a remote possibility given Burnley’s struggles. And Newcastle was also reportedly rejected by Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck who is hoping for a move to Bayern Munich instead.
Newcastle was rumored to be in for Everton wantaway Lucas Digne (below) according to Sky Sports, but he has joined Aston Villa.
Amid all the possibilities of incoming defenders, one player who could depart the club is the aforementioned Fabian Schar. The 30-year-old Swiss international has made 83 appearances for Newcastle since joining in 2018 from Spanish club Deportivo La Coruna, but according to journalist Nicolo Schira , Schar is hoping to sort out a future away from Tyneside this Janaury, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Other potential Newcastle United reinforcements
Newcastle has been linked with countless other players this transfer window, although few of them make much sense.
There are reports that the new Saudi owners have approved a massive bid for RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who is currently away on AFCON 2022 duty with Mali and could cost upwards of $110 million. According to The Express, Newcastle’s new overlords are ready to let loose an enormous bid prior to his $45 million release clause activates this summer, opening the floodgates on teams wanting in on the action.
One name that raises eyebrows is Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek, and as Luke Edwards reports, there’s reason to believe it could happen. Despite plenty of fan outcry and journalist head-scratching, Van de Beek has hardly been given a chance at Old Trafford despite a host of squad movement, tactical adjustments, and player shifting since he signed in the summer of 2020. However, it was recently reported that van de Beek has turned down the move, ending any possibility here.
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has reportedly rejected a move to Newcastle along with failed attempts to send him to Burley and Wolves, according to reports in Italy, which has angered executives at the Italian club. Now, however, the midfielder has re-opened the possibility of a move to Tyneside, according to The Telegraph, with Crystal Palace having withdrawn its interest.
Another two midfield possibilities are Ross Barkley and Dele Alli. The Chelsea man finds himself buried in the Stamford Bridge depth chart. With just five Premier League appearances this season totaling 151 minutes, Barkley could look for a way out. Alli, meanwhile, was left out of the Tottenham squad to face Chelsea last weekend altogether, as Antonio Conte has identified him as surplus to requirements.