Reports in The Express claim that Alan Pardew will be given an overall transfer budget of £20 million for the January transfer window, allowing the current Newcastle boss to strengthen the side significantly in some key areas.
With long-term transfer target Bafetimbi Gomis still thought to be open to a move with the promise of regular Premier League starts, there are also rumours of moves for the likes of Neil Taylor, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Huddlestone as the New Year looms large.
Although goals have proven to be a huge concern in recent weeks, a new left-back remains one of the club’s major priorities, with a new arrival hopefully allowing Joel Ward to move back into his favoured position on the right of defence and offering our back four a feeling of genuine balance once again.
With Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie also set to be missing from the team for the whole of January, there is a chance that we may also look to bring in a new winger or central midfielder, but at the time of writing, there have been no solid leads on who that may be.
Should we be able to find a man capable of netting us 10 to 12 goals between now and the end of the season, alongside an experienced and talented left-back, you would like to think that the group would be more than capable of securing Premier League survival for a second consecutive season, having managed a miraculous 11th placed finish last term.
For now though, we’ll concentrate on the announcement of our next manager, rather than the players he may or may not bring in. There’s no point in counting our chickens before they’ve hatched.