Newcastle transfer mailbag: Botman, Trippier and Wijnaldum would be welcome

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Will January bring salvation to Newcastle United? Who is in charge of recruiting for the club? How many players and at what positions is Eddie Howe targeting? Will other Premier League clubs sell to Newcastle? And will there really be any additions to the Kylian Mbappe?

Our Newcastle correspondent Chris Waugh answers your mailbag questions ahead of one of the most important transfer windows in club history …

What are the priority positions that Newcastle seeks to strengthen? -Dave D

Based on the evidence from this season, all over the pitch – and, in an ideal world, they would – but while the hierarchy recognizes the need to bring in reinforcements, it is accepted that a team surgery from large scale is impractical in the middle of the season.

So while targets have been identified with every position – Steve Nickson, the hiring manager, and his recruiting team continually update the lists of players being tracked in different price brackets – the key areas are defense and midfield. ground.

At least a full-back and a center-back are the order of the day, as is an athletic midfielder, but if the right players prove to be achievable, more than two defenders are likely to be wanted.

Further on, an attacking midfielder to bring creativity and a striker to ensure competition and Callum Wilson cover are desired, but the indication is that strengthening the defense is the priority, which is not. surprising given that Newcastle have conceded a record 41 goals.


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