The clock is now ticking, when it comes to Newcastle United signings in this next transfer window.
Only 37 days until the January 2022 window will open.
Premier League clubs able to enter the transfer market once again on Saturday 1 January 2022, with the window then closing at 11 pm on Monday 31 January 2022.
This will be of course the first chance for the new(ish) Newcastle United owners to influence things via the transfer market.
The consortium that bought NUFC having inherited a toxic situation from Mike Ashley and his minions such as Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley.
At last handed the keys to St James Park exactly seven weeks ago on Thursday 7 October 2021, with the team in the relegation zone following a disastrous year in the transfer market. Two transfer windows seeing only Joe Willock bought into the NUFC first team squad and instead of proper strengthening that was needed in numerous areas of that squad, a series of new deals handed to existing players…many / most of whom would have otherwise now be at Championship clubs.
The timing of the takeover meant that it would be almost three months before the Saudi PIF financed ownership could bring in some new players to have a positive influence.
So what Newcastle United signings can we expect in January 2022?
Well, as NUFC fans we are set to welcome in a host of £100m Newcastle United signings in this mid-season window, That is of course IF you can believe what you read.
Exclusive after exclusive detailing how Newcastle are already in talks to sign player after player
Transfer fees of £80m, £100m, £120m….
Wages of £200,000 a week, £300,000 a week, £400,000 a week…
None of it a problem because of course the new Newcastle United owners are very wealthy.
There is of course another point of view.
That in fact every single one of these £100m (transfer fees and wages) Newcastle United signings is not going to happen in January 2022.
That in fact they are all just made up. Fancy that, journalists simply inventing stories to sell papers and get clicks, who’d have imagined it?
I don’t know a single Newcastle United fan who believes that the club will buy any of these £100m+ players in January. Maybe I move in the wrong circles but I don’t think so.
It is amazing just how low the media have sunk these days, that so many journalists and their employers are simply so desperate for cash that they will simply make any old sh.t up, knowing that it is rubbish AND doesn’t even make any sense.
As we are constantly reminded, as though we somehow might have missed this small point, Newcastle United are three and a half months into the season without winning a single game and deep in relegation trouble, currently five points off safety.
So just then think of the logic that would then see £100m+ Newcastle United signings arriving in the new year.
Why at this point, a club facing a relegation battle, would elite players be signing a long-term deal with Newcastle United?
Why at this point, a club facing a relegation battle, would Newcastle United be looking to sign a long-term deal with any elite players?
I love it when one of these shameless journalists run a story such as Newcastle United trying to sign Mbappe in January. Which is then followed by them running a story then rubbishing the idea that Newcastle United could have thought they might sign Mbappe in January. The final part of this scenario played out with then rival fans / trolls all abusing Newcastle supporters for being so deluded as to think we would be watching Mbappe playing in black and white stripes from January 2022 onwards.
I don’t know what lies ahead, with ambitious owners the sky might well be the limit in terms of who could be signed in the future and what might be achieved on the pitch in the future.
However, the future is the future and the here and now is simply survival this season, with players needing to be signed in January 2022 who look like they could help achieve that.
This won’t be £100m+ Newcastle United signings, this will be possibly one or two permanent fairly substantial signings. Not saying it will necessarily be him but obviously Tarkowski at Burnley wouldn’t be a surprise, his contract ends in seven months time and if it is a case of £20m from Newcastle in January or nothing after June 2022, that is the kind of deal that could well happen. Never mind all this nonsense about other Premier League clubs potentially refusing to sell players to Newcastle. Other clubs will be pragmatic, if players are to be sold they will sell to whoever offers the most money, not forgetting as well that these days it is players who hold the vast majority of the power. If a player wants to leave and go to a specific club, it is laughable to think that any club would then be able to tell them no you can’t go to Newcastle, you can only go to these approved clubs.
A player such as say Tarkowski, you could potentially imagine not being scared of a relegation battle OR a promotion attempt that may follow. Knowing he is joining an ambitious club that may have better days ahead, plus of course getting a serious pay rise.
A completely different matter when you are talking about elite £100m+ deals for potential Newcastle United signings. They will not sign permanent contracts with a club in our current situation.
I do though think that as well as one or two solid credible Tarkowski-like buys in January, we will see very likely some loan signings that fall somewhere in between those kind of buys and the made up elite targets.
These Newcastle United owners will be happy to finance ambitious loan deals, pay the wages and loan fees, to land players on short-terms deals, from Premier League clubs and / overseas, that can potentially help in the short-term the club to stay up. Some of them may even agree deals whereby if / when survival is achieved, a permanent move to Newcastle United may well then follow.
This is where we are at. I think we can be hopeful, expectant, even excited, about who might be signed by Newcastle in January.
However, the focus of these signings will be all about helping to avoid relegation in the first instance and it won’t be £100m+ deals that will be part of that.