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Newcastle tipped to make transfer move in ‘one crucial area’

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Keith Downie expects Newcastle United to add in January, though only in “one crucial area”. 

What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?

Given the excellent start to the season Eddie Howe’s side have enjoyed, all looks reasonably quiet on the transfer front.

Indeed, it’s amazing to think their soaring up the Premier League came after a reasonably frustrating summer. While the likes of Nick Pope, Sven Botman and Alexander Isak arrived to strengthen the first-team, the club couldn’t land other targets such as James Maddison or Moussa Diaby, with great periods of inactivity coming between each arrival.

That is by no means a criticism, more a reflection on the market Newcastle are operating in and it’s promising to see Howe work on solutions internally. Frankly, if a big name winger were to have been signed, it’s hard to imagine Miguel Almiron embarking on the run of form he has done recently. Like Joelinton before him, Howe has coached the best out of Almiron, making the most of an investment made well before the former Bournemouth manager’s time on Tyneside.

What has been said of Newcastle’s transfer plans?

Writing for Sky Sports, Downie revealed: “I still expect them to add in January, but probably in just one crucial position. The form of the likes of Almiron and Longstaff is ensuring that Newcastle can wait for the right player to become available, rather than making panic buys.

“And the way the team are playing, who’s to say any new arrivals will get in the team anyway!”

Where should Newcastle look to strengthen?

Clearly, Almiron’s form has changed things somewhat, with the 28-year-old surely one of the first names of the team sheet.

Still, given just how heavily Newcastle pursued a new winger this summer, it would not be out of the question to see them try to do so again. The Athletic claimed that could be the case last month, while also revealing the club were interested in a defensive midfielder, namely Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.

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