Relegation-threatened Newcastle are reportedly preparing to move on as many as eight players this month as Eddie Howe looks to make space in his squad for new signings.
The mega-rich Magpies are hoping to use the January transfer window to bring in big-money stars in the belief that it will help them to secure Premier League survival.
Howe’s men are currently second-bottom of the top-flight having won just one game all season, though they are only two points from safety.
As a result, Newcastle are expected to be one of the busiest clubs in the window, as they look to put the billions of their Saudi Arabia owners to use.
A new 25-man squad will be submitted when the window closes and if they bring in all of Howe’s targets, casualties among the current group are expected.
According to The Sun, as many as eight of Newcastle’s current stars could leave St James’ Park this month to make space for new arrivals.
Those departures are set to start in defence, with Howe looking to overhaul a backline that has conceded 41 goals in just 19 games this term.
Kieran Trippier is closing in on a transfer from Atletico Madrid, which could see Emile Krafth exit the Magpies, with the Swede a ‘prime candidate’ to leave if a buyer can be found.
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Paul Dummett has been another option at full-back, but with the 30-year-old out of contract this summer and way down the pecking order, he is likely to be allowed to move on.
Fabian Schar will also see his deal expire at the end of the campaign, but his long-term future is ‘in doubt’ having failed to impress in his seven appearances under Howe.
Ciaran Clark’s time under Howe has been even more disastrous than Schar’s, with his ninth-minute sending off against Norwich leaving his fate sealed.
Meanwhile, Sean Longstaff has struggled for game-time under Howe and with Everton interested in a move for him, a January departure cannot be ruled out.
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Similarly, Jeff Hendrick has also found chances hard to come by since Steve Bruce’s sacking and is considered ‘surplus to requirements’.
Dwight Gayle could be give more action in the wake of Callum Wilson’s injury, but a loan move could also be coming with Championship sides West Brom and Nottingham Forest interested in the striker.
Finally, with four goalkeepers in the squad, at least one of those will be leaving, with Mark Gillespie almost certain to depart this month.
It is also stated that a new long-term keeper is require, with Freddie Woodman, Karl Darlow and Martin Dubravka all failing to impress, which could lead to one of them being ‘shipped out’.
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