Newcastle United could yet sell a number of squad players before the end of the January transfer window, according to Lee Ryder in The Chronicle.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
After a busy albeit frustrating window, most of the focus has naturally centred around incomings. Daily, Newcastle are seemingly linked with new players as the PIF ownership desperately try to provide Eddie Howe with the tools required to stay in the Premier League.
Still, any overhaul only works if players leave, too. Big squads can lead to unhappy players and, if Howe suddenly has a lot of upgrades to bring into the side, many of the faces who have been at the club for years could suddenly find themselves left out of matchday squads altogether.
With that in mind, there could be an effort in the final few days of the window to move players on.
Who could and should leave Newcastle?
The report names the likes of Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Emil Krafth as potential options, as well as loans for youngsters Matty Longstaff and Elliot Anderson.
Of those, it’s hard to make a case for any to stay. Obviously, the defensive situation relies on incomings and some may feel Fernandez should be kept on given his previous exploits for the club, but it’s difficult to see any of them having a long-term future outside of the two young players.
What has Howe said about players leaving?
Speaking to The Chronicle from Newcastle’s warm-weather training base in Saudi Arabia, Howe admitted it was something he was looking at.
“It’s something we will have to look at,” he said.
“It’ll probably be in the last couple of days in terms of decisions and making the right calls for the players.”