Key January fixtures make early Newcastle move for Danny Ings absolutely vital

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James Park on December 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle's survival bid could live or die by their results in January - and a new striker would boost their chances.

Manager of Newcastle United Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on December 16, 2017 in London,...

The lack of a prolific goal scorer has dogged Newcastle United's season, as they have become embroiled in a Premier League relegation scrap.

A loan move for Liverpool's Danny Ings would certainly fix that problem, though, with the Chronicle reporting Rafa Benitez is keen to make such a swoop.

Crucially, the report details the Newcastle manager's intention to get a deal done early in January - and that could be the key to the Magpies' survival.

Danny Ings of Liverpool is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Liverpool FC and 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield on August 23, 2017 in...

Ings would not arrive in time to face Stoke City on January 1st, but that's just the first of many key fixtures throughout the month that Newcastle would love to be able to call on the England international for.

The FA Cup tie against Luton Town represents an opportunity to boost morale at the club, before a mammoth clash against bottom club Swansea City on January 13th.

Then comes a daunting trip to Manchester City, but a potential fourth round cup game and the hosting of Burnley on January 31 close out the month.

Danny Ings of Liverpool speaks with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

It could be a key period if Newcastle are to pull clear of danger, and so Ings' presence in the attack at Swansea and his former club Burnley would represent a huge boost.

Benitez must now hope he is entrusted with the funds to make a deal happen.

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