Newcastle have been linked with players from Everton, Leeds and Derby County.
A report in the Chronicle has updated Newcastle’s January transfer plans, confirming the club’s stance on the signing of three players.
Two of these players, who have been linked to the Magpies previously, are not transfer targets for Steve McClaren, whilst one player is wanted by the club, although a deal is unlikely.
George Thorne is the first player dealt with, and the club have no intention of bringing him back to the Premier League. Thorne, a midfielder who currently players for Derby County, is not of interest at all to the Magpies, despite Steve McClaren working with him whilst with the Rams.
It is claimed that the Tyneside club are searching for better players than someone of Thorne’s ability.
The second player who has had a move to St James’ Park downplayed is Steven Naismith of Everton, despite his apparent wish to leave Goodison Park. The report claims that no move will be occurring to bring the Scottish forward to Tyneside.
Finally, there is one player who could be heading to Tyneside, although it depends upon how much Leeds United value him. Alex Mowatt is admired by Newcastle chiefs, but they are wary of breaking the bank for the young midfielder knowing the price that is traditionally associated with English talent.
He is an exciting player, but the Magpies are aware his asking price could end any potential deal with them not willing to splash the cash on just one player this month.