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Mark Douglas tips Newcastle to have active January transfer window

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Newcastle are likely to be active in the January window as they have money to spend and slots to fill, according to Chronicle journalist Mark Douglas.

The reporter claimed via a Q&A session on the Chronicle’s website on Wednesday [02:16pm] that while the do have cash to burn, a lot of their business in the winter will depend on injuries.

“There is money available, yes. I think they’ll be active,” he said.

“Whether it gets spent will depend on where they are in the league, who is available and whether or not they have the same sort of injuries they’ve got now. Their domestic slots remain available and it wouldn’t surprise me to see those utilised if the club are suffering.

“Of course, they used a facility to smooth the transaction so we know they can do business if there’s the right player available.”

OPINION

It is way too soon to be thinking about January. While there have been a few players to pick up injuries in the summer and in the opening weeks of the new season, none of those players are expected to be out of action too long and should be back well before the next window. Those who are looking ahead at January are clearly already unhappy with the squad and want to see Steve Bruce makes changes at the next available opportunity. However like Douglas says, activity in the winter will no doubt depend on league position and how many injuries there are in the first-team squad. Mike Ashley will more than likely have the final say on any spend because he might only be willing to sanction a big-money move for a new player if the club is in danger of being relegated. Don’t rule out another load of over-hyped talk once we get to that point in the season too.

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