Newcastle United desperately need players but are low on funds.
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez will be hoping to add to his squad this month despite the Magpies’ proposed takeover falling through.
Benitez had hoped the club would have been sold by now but, as the BBC report, talks between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley have broken down leaving the Magpies with a low budget under the latter.
Benitez will have to try to find some bargains, but the free agent market may offer an alternative and at least allow him to bring more players in and save some cash which can go elsewhere.
Here are three out of contract players who could potentially do a job for Newcastle.
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra is out of contract after leaving United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira at the end of December.
The 32-year-old , who has won the La Liga title and two FA Cups with Chelsea and Portsmouth, could provide Benitez with an experienced option in midfield and someone who will give Jonjo Shelvey a bit more freedom.
The Sun claim that Jose Mourinho and Paris Saint-Germain are also looking at Diarra who will still be eyeing a place in France’s World Cup team.
Newcastle could really do with a left-back this month. Paul Dummett has had his injury struggles while Javier Manquillo has not impressed at all. Guilherme Siqueira is a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid, where he was signed to replace Filipe Luis when he moved to Chelsea.
He spent last season on loan at Valencia, Benitez’s former club, as Luis’ return to Atletico saw him fall down the pecking order. He could certainly revive his career under the former Napoli and Liverpool boss, who is always keen on signing Spanish players.
Jo Inge Berget
Newcastle’s top priority in this window will surely be a striker. The likes of Danny Ings and Islam Slimani have been linked but a lack of funds may prevent either of those from happening. Jo Inge Berget is available following his departure from Malmo at the end of Sweden’s 2017 season.
After an unsuccessful spell at Cardiff City, he scored two goals in four games on loan at Celtic in 2014 before moving to Sweden where he scored 38 goals between 2015 and 2017, 15 coming in his first season.
The 27-year-old also has two goals in 20 games for Norway so he may be able to help Joselu and Dwight Gayle.