With Newcastle conceding 20 goals in their last four games in the Premier League, it certainly appears that Rafa Benitez may want to consider strengthening his defensive options during the January transfer window to try and ensure that the Magpies are not dragged into a relegation battle.
However, it appears that Benitez will not have a bottomless pot of money to work with, with the Daily Mirror reporting that he is demanding a £20 million transfer kitty - arguably an underwhelming amount in today's game, especially when you consider that he is looking at getting in at least four players.
Therefore, perhaps a recent report from the Daily Mail regarding the future of Augsburg defender Daniel Opare should alert Benitez as it appears that whoever signs him could be landing a real bargain.
Opare has been excellent in the Bundesliga this term, but the Mail reports that he is set to be available for just £3 million in the January window as his contract expires at the end of the season.
Newcastle already have a number of full-back options, so Benitez would be forgiven for being hesitant about bolstering his numbers further, but with Opare available for such a small fee, it almost seems a no-brainer to join the list of Premier League sides in the running to sign him as none of those options have really given Benitez reason to believe that they could be long-term answers for the Magpies.
It may not a headline-grabbing, imagination-capturing deal from Newcastle, but it looks as if Benitez will have to be very shrewd in the transfer market, and Opare's contract situation means that he could prove an absolute bargain for whoever signs him - Newcastle should make sure they are in the race.