Five players Newcastle could splurge out on in January window

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Newcastle are reportedly targetting reinforcements in wide areas during the January transfer window as they look to address their poor attacking record. The Magpies have excelled defensively this season conceding just seven goals but have been wasteful in offensive areas meaning they have failed to turn this into wins. Eddie Howe’s men have drawn five out of seven games this year a record they will be desperate to overturn in order to push for the European places. 

As per The Athletic, the club will be looking at bringing in a new wide forward this winter with reservations over the quality of Ryan Fraser and Miguel Almiron. Here Express Sport looks at their potential options for the position should the Saudi Arabian ownership decide to get their chequebooks out. 

Mykhaylo Mudryk 

The Ukrainian winger is known to be a top target for Arsenal but reports in recent days have suggested that Newcastle scouts have been tracking the 21-year-old. He would add pace and trickery to the Magpies’ frontline amid experiencing something of a break out year at Shakhtar Donestk. 

His services are likely to cost around £30million, something which should be manageable for the Newcastle ownership even as they try to stick within financial fair play regulations. The wideman has previously spoken of his admiration for the Premier League and would likely be open to a move to Tyneside. 

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Marco Asensio 

The three-time Champions League winner has found himself out of favour at Real Madrid since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti last season. He is believed to be angling for a move away with his agent reportedly offering his client to Premier League clubs in the final days of the transfer window. 

He has now entered the final years of his contract so should be available relatively cheaply as the La Liga leaders look to avoid losing the star for nothing next summer. He would prove to be something of a statement signing on Tyneside given his obvious pedigree and quality. 

Moussa Diaby 

Reports in recent days have suggested that Newcastle have been tracking the French winger who has become one of the key players for current side Bayer Leverkusen. He would bring huge goalscoring prowess having netted 17 times last season and contributing a further 14 assists. 

He has not quite hit the same heights this year, possessing just three goal involvements in all competitions but would still be a hugely exciting addition at St James Park. However, the fee is likely to be something of a stumbling block with the Bundesliga side said to have placed a £60m price tag on his services. 

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Viktor Tsygankov

Tsygankov is another player said to be interesting Premier League sides, including the Magpies, with the winger out of contract at the end of the season. He should be available for a relatively low fee and would be a big improvement on the hard-working but technically limited Almiron. 

However, they would face strong competition from clubs like West Ham and Wolves for his signature while many fans will feel they should aim somewhat higher given the other names on the list. 

Joao Pedro 

Newcastle were heavily linked with a move for the Watford star in the summer with some reports suggesting the deal was done before the club’s interest cooled following the signing of Alexander Isak. 

Toon could yet revisit their interest in the player amid a need to improve in attacking positions. The Brazilian is tactically versatile, equally capable of lining up through the middle and out wide. At just 20 years old, the Magpies could rely on his services for years to come and hence he could prove to be the most attractive option for the club. 

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