Newcastle United recorded a much-needed 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the weekend, yet they still remain in the Premier League’s bottom three following Swansea City’s win on Monday.
The Magpies have improved somewhat of late, though their poor early-season run of form and dreadful festive period still leaves them with plenty of work to do.
Recent arrivals Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saviet have bolstered Newcastle’s options in midfield, and now it’s a matter of adding to their defensive ranks as the back four remains the club’s Achilles heel.
So far only North East rivals Sunderland  have conceded more Premier League goals than Steve McClaren’s side , and that simply must change that if the club plan on staying up.
Buying a top class defender could be a difficult proposition at this stage of the season, though there could be one short-term option available which may well suit all parties involved.
Chelsea’s Papy Djilobodji has struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since joining the club in the summer, and the Mirror reports that he could be allowed to leave on loan.
The Senegal international was signed by the Blues on a recommendation, following his impressive performances for Nantes last season, yet he hasn’t featured once in the league thus far.
Caretaker boss Guus Hiddink seemingly doesn’t have a use for him, and with John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma ahead of him in the pecking order, there isn’t any particular shame in that.
The 27-year-old is strong, excellent in the air and very focused – attributes which Newcastle need.
Djilobodi would represent an excellent option for the Tyneside side, though if they are to make a move they must act quickly as the Mirror claims Werder Bremen are keen on bringing him in.