Premier League: The three players Newcastle are most likely to sign

Mike Ashley has invested significantly since vowing last May to deliver a trophy before selling Newcastle
Mike Ashley has invested significantly since vowing last May to deliver a trophy before selling Newcastle

According to the Betfair Sportsbook, wingers and forwards head the Newcastle shopping list right now...

It is logical to suspect that a striker is the top target this winter as Newcastle are reliant on goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez, who often play in advanced midfield positions. Outright attackers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse have delivered comparatively disappointing league returns of four in 18 and two in 13 respectively."

Though Newcastle once again find themselves in an unattractive area of the Premier League table, it isn't as easy as usual to blame everything on Mike Ashley.

The owner sourced an experienced manager to replace John Carver in Steve McClaren, signed off on four first-team additions last summer at an average fee of £12 million and has already waved away £17 million this month to recruit Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet. His company Sports Direct even gave away almost £2.7 million worth of Everlast jackets to celebrate the recent win over West Ham.

It isn't over yet either, with several more moves anticipated before the transfer window closes. They are 8/1 third favourites to be the Premier League club with the most incomings, and these are the three players that they are the shortest price to bring in...


Andros Townsend @ 4/6

The Magpies are widely reported to be keen on the ten-time England international, who is surplus to requirements at Tottenham having not made a Premier League start all season and last made an appearance of any kind for the Lilywhites in October.

If that suggests that concluding a deal should prove a straightforward process, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is always on hand to demonstrate otherwise, supposedly knocking back a bid of £10 million and declaring that Newcastle will have to pay £14 million if they want to snap up the winger.


Saido Berahino @ 9/4

It is logical to suspect that a striker is the top target this winter as the strugglers are reliant on goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez, who often play in advanced midfield positions. Outright attackers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse have delivered comparatively disappointing league returns of four in 18 and two in 13 respectively.

Of course there is no guarantee that Berahino would be an upgrade having been granted just eight top-flight starts and scored three goals for West Brom this term, but that is perceived to be an issue of attitude since being denied his desired Spurs switch in September.

His 20 strikes in all competitions in 2014/15 highlight the quality that he possesses when focussed and motivated yet, having set his sights on a top-six side, it is unclear whether Newcastle would entice him.


Patrick Bamford @ 16/1

The 22-year-old certainly has the hunger to show that he is good enough for the Premier League following a frustrating half-season at Crystal Palace which yielded only six substitute appearances and 119 minutes of pitch-time, and he had a fairly successful spell under McClaren at Derby in 2014.

However, his failure to command more action for the Eagles when there wasn't much to compete with coupled with his unprofessional outburst when announcing his exit may put off other top-tier suitors.


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