Four players who could leave Newcastle United in January

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We select four players who could leave Newcastle United in the January transfer window.

With Newcastle United chasing the European places, they are expected to dip into the January transfer window to try and enhance the quality of options which are available to Alan Pardew.

At the moment the Magpies boss has a fair amount of class to work with, but there are still areas of weakness in their team and they reportedly have funds to spend on new recruits to strengthen their bid for a place in the top six. 

However, to make room for their planned January buys, Newcastle are going to have to think about possible departures from the club in the new year. 

Pardew's men already have a number of players struggling for game time and they are unlikely to be too impressed by new additions forcing them even further down the pecking order.

As a result, we take a look at four Newcastle players who could be forced to leave during the January transfer window. 

Haris Vuckic

Things have never really worked out for Vuckic since a move to Newcastle United back in the summer of 2008. 

The powerful attacking midfielder has made just 17 appearances for the club in his six seasons at St. James' Park and it is unlikely he will ever make the grade. 

Vuckic has shown signs of potential in the Championship, while on loan moves, but he has never looked of the quality required to cut it at the top level and a permanent move to somewhere he can start to think about a first-team future will be best for his development. 

Vurnon Anita

The Dutch defensive midfielder has a fair amount of ability, but he seems to have fallen out of favour at Newcastle this season.

The emergence of Mehdi Abeid and the form of Jack Colback have meant that he has had to watch most of the Mapgies' fixtures from the substitutes' bench and his chances of breaking back into the team look slim. 

Siem de Jong's impending return from injury is likely to force him even further down the selection order and he has already struggled for game time. 

Anita has played just six games for the side and hasn't been seen since October, meaning that he is likely to have grown frustrated with his lack of opportunities. 

The 25-year-old's class has already been proven and there is unlikely to be a lack of suitors should he be made available in January. 

 Jak Alnwick

Although the youngster looked at home on his Premier League debut, it would be foolish to suggest that his future is guaranteed at Newcastle.

Alnwick came off the bench to play his part in the Magpies' recent win against Chelsea, but the goalkeeping department is somewhere Newcastle are particularly strong. 

Tim Krul and Rob Elliot remain ahead of him, while Freddie Woodman is generally considered the most talented young stopper at the club. 

Alnwick's first-team chances after this season look even more limited given that Karl Darlow is also due to arrive from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

With his contract expiring in six months' time, his future is still in doubt and the run of games he is about to receive is more likely to be about putting himself in the shop window than actually keeping himself at St. James' Park. 

Cheick Tiote

The Ivorian has hinted that he would be keen on a move away and, although Newcastle will be reluctant to sell the star, the funds from his departure would bring in a considerable amount of money. 

Tiote has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and it is expected that the Gunners will make a bid in the January transfer window.

Tiote remains one of Newcastle's most high-profile players, but they seem to have enough quality in central midfield to cope with his absence and cashing in on him may not be too bad an option for Pardew's side to pursue. 

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