Date: 10th January 2017 at 4:40pm
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According to Times journalist George Caulkin, Newcastle United have plenty of irons in the fire as they attempt to bring in some January reinforcements to aid Rafa Benitez’s promotion push. 

After earlier revealing that Championship rivals Fulham had reportedly quoted the Magpies around £20m for linked target Tom Cairney, Caulkin went on to provide a more general transfer update.

The Toon Army are said to be casting keen eyes over both midfield and winger targets as they look to keep up with Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.

Top brass at St. James’ Park are also believed to be deciding whether loans and their relevant fees are worth it this month ahead of what is hopefully a quick-fire return to the proverbial Promised Land.

A number of names have been mooted of late – including Premier League outcasts Tom Cleverley and Stewart Downing – though it remains to be seen exactly what strategy Newcastle United adopt.

The January transfer market is a notoriously difficult place to find value for money and it’s important Benitez brings in potential Premier League quality.