Newcastle Transfer Odds: Who Is Likely To Sign For The Magpies
The clock is ticking for Newcastle United, with less than week of the January transfer window remaining.
We have taken a look at various football betting sites to assess the Magpies’ chances of completing more signings before the deadline.
Eddie Howe has already added Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood to his squad this month, and Newcastle finally picked up their second win of the season against Leeds United last weekend.
There are signs of cautious optimism emerging at St James’ Park, but there is also a consensus that further additions are required if the club is to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Who might they be? Here are five of Newcastle’s transfer targets for the remainder of the January window.
Will Jesse Lingard Land At St James' Park?
Jesse Lingard will not be a Manchester United player next season; the question now is whether he leaves this month or in the summer?
The attacking midfielder will be out of contract at the end of June, so it would surely make sense for United to cash in on him now – particularly as he is not exactly a prominent part of the first team, having failed to start a league game all season.
For now at least, there seem to be just two options on the table for Lingard: join Newcastle or stay at Manchester United. Unibet offers odds of Evens on the England international moving on to Eddie Howe’s men.
This is a tough one to predict. On the one hand, Lingard is desperate to play regular football again after six months on the sidelines. Newcastle would be able (and probably willing) to meet his £100,000-a-week wage demands. He would be joining an ambitious club and would have the chance to remind Gareth Southgate of his quality.
On the other hand, there is the very real prospect of Newcastle being in the Championship next term. That is why Lingard is thought to favour a loan switch, but his current employers would only be receptive to such an offer if a substantial fee was included in the bargain.
This one could go down to the wire, after a reported break down of talks on January 25.
Aaron Ramsey Could Make The Switch From Juventus
Aaron Ramsey has made only three appearances in Serie A this season. Juventus are ready to let him leave in the January window, and the Wales international is said to be keen to seal a return to the Premier League.
Several clubs have been linked with Ramsey, including West Ham, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Newcastle has also been spoken of as a potential destination, and the Magpies would not have as much trouble as the likes of Palace at meeting the midfielder’s wage demands.
Newcastle’s precarious position in the Premier League again means a loan deal is most likely, with Ramsey understandably keen to keep his options open ahead of the summer.
Joelinton, reinvented as a central midfielder to impressive effect in recent weeks, came off injured against Leeds and Newcastle could make a deal for Ramsey a priority in the next few days.
It could be tough to pull off though. However, it’s 5/2 on MansionBet for the Welshman to join the Magpies, compared to 2/5 on him staying in Turin until after the January window.
Diego Carlos Move Sevilla Is Still Possible
Diego Carlos was one of the first names linked with Newcastle when the market reopened for business on New Year’s Day.
The deadline is now looming, but progress has been slow - so much so that the Magpies are now considering James Tarkowski as an alternative to the Brazilian centre-back.
Sevilla have not pulled out of negotiations (although their patience is apparently being severely tested) with Newcastle, which suggests they would be willing to sell Diego Carlos if certain conditions are met.
But Tottenham Hotspur are also sniffing around for the defender, and best betting sites have cut their odds on signing him to 5/2. Newcastle remain the 4/6 favourites, but they would struggle to beat Spurs if it became a head-to-head battle for the player’s signature.
The fact that Newcastle have not given up hope suggests Diego Carlos is interested in moving to St James’ Park.
However, Sevilla are standing firm, and it might take an improved bid for the Magpies to prise the Brazilian away.
Mitchel Bakker To Newcastle May Still Be On The Cards
A few days ago Mitchel Bakker appeared to be on the verge of sealing a switch to St James’ Park.
Jamal Lewis, Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie have all played at left-back for Newcastle this term, but Bakker was identified as an upgrade on all three.
On Monday the Daily Telegraph reported that Newcastle were set to discuss personal terms with Bakker, who only joined Bayer Leverkusen from Paris Saint-Germain last summer. But the following day, the same newspaper wrote that the deal was on the verge of collapsing.
The Magpies are unlikely to give up that easily, so they could attempt to revive the transfer in the coming days. Bakker seems open to joining the club, but there is still plenty of work to do in negotiations with Leverkusen.
Dele Alli Might Fancy A Move North
Dele Alli was left out of Tottenham’s matchday squad for their 2-0 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday. Since Dane Scarlett and Harvey White (one Premier League appearance between them) were on the bench, that would suggest Alli’s days in north London are numbered.
Antonio Conte is desperate to bring in some fresh faces at Spurs, but reports suggest he needs to shift some of the fringe members of his squad first.
Alli is one of those who Tottenham are ready to part ways with, at least on a loan deal until the end of the campaign.
A temporary move would suit the 25-year-old too. His career has stagnated in the last three years and a change of scenery would do him good.
Newcastle’s position towards the bottom of the table could help in this case too, as Tottenham would not want to loan Alli to a direct top-four rival like West Ham United. However, they would probably be willing to let him join a team battling against relegation.
Newcastle are now odds-on favourites to win the race for Alli, with UK bookmakers rating their chances at 5/2.
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