Newcastle United have struggled in the Premier League so far this season and the need for major investment in January is clear, with the Magpies having just two points and no wins from their opening ten fixtures.
Relegation is looking like a real threat for Rafael Benitez’s side this season and the tune coming out of the club’s hierarchy is the same as ever, with The Mirror reporting that the Spaniard is confident he will be given funds to invest in the New Year.
However, given Mike Ashley’s history in transfer windows, it is difficult to imagine a change in the club’s stance and Benitez cannot be lured in by false promises as he attempts to turn the season around by avoiding a drop to the Championship for the second season in a row.
Failing to score in any of their last four, the area needing improvement the most is in front of goal but strikers continue to be the most expensive signings to pursue – and clubs will be determined to take advantage of Newcastle’s desperation.
It has been 13 years since Newcastle last broke their transfer record, paying £17m for Michael Owen, and it is remarkable that the Magpies have still not splashed over £20m on a player considering the rise in prices over recent years.