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Five players Newcastle could sign in the January transfer window

Newcastle United have unsurprisingly dominated the headlines in recent weeks. It follows the Saudi Arabian-backed £305m takeover of the club.

That was earlier this month. Ever since then, the transfer rumours have been flooding in.

Here are five realistic signings the club could make in January:

Jesse Lingard

The January transfer window may not be the most active. But it has certainly seen some important transfers over the years. Lingard to Newcastle could be one of them. The attacker is really struggling for playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season. The arrival of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo may be the reason for this.

But the world has seen what Lingard can do. And that came to the fore in a West Ham shirt during his loan spell in east London. One can imagine that similar success will be achieved if Lingard is given the freedom and creative space at St James’ Park.

Aaron Ramsey

Even the name itself would have Newcastle fans out of their seats. The former Arsenal man is another who is wasting his career on the substitutes’ bench. His exciting Italian adventure had a really bright start. But Ramsey’s time at Juventus has now fizzled into almost nothing.

The 30-year-old has appeared in just three Serie A matches this season. And in those three matches, he has played just 98 minutes. The glitz and glam of Turin may have once been appealing, but a return to English football could now be as equally appealing for the midfielder.

Donny van de Beek

Another Manchester United man that undoubtedly deserves regular game time. The Dutch international has dramatically failed to reach the heights expected of him in red this season.

His Champions League experience will certainly be of interest and of great use to Newcastle. The club need exciting young players now more than ever. At 24, van de Beek is young, but importantly has already played alongside and against countless world-class players.

Dusan Vlahovic

Fiorentina striker Vlahovic has been linked with a whole host of European clubs of late. Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin have had to carry the attacking burden alone for a while now. But the 21-year-old would give the Magpies a new lease of life going forward.

Vlahovic has seven goals in 11 appearances in all competitions this season. He also boasts an overall record of six goals in 12 matches for Serbia. Moreover, recent reports suggest that he is keen on a new adventure.

James Tarkowski

Of course with all the potential attacking incomings, a couple of defenders will be needed to help keep things tight at the back. Step forward James Tarkowski. The 28-year-old has been linked with a handful of top English clubs over the years.

Two more names that have been linked are Conor Coady and Lewis Dunk. But it may be difficult to persuade both to come to Tyneside. Coady captains his beloved Wolves, while Dunk is enjoying life at high-flying Brighton. Add to that the fact that Burnley may be playing Championship football next season, and Tarkowski looks the most likely option for a new-look Newcastle defence.

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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