Newcastle United are making plans for the January transfer window.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson is over in South America on a scouting mission ahead of the January transfer window.

The Magpies enjoyed a flurry of activity over the summer, as Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, Emil Krafth and Andy Carroll arrived, but more will be needed in January.

Newcastle sit 13th in the Premier League table, seven points clear of the relegation zone and, remarkably, just two points shy of fifth place.

Steve Bruce will be keen to get some more quality in his side during the transfer window, and it seems that Newcastle are preparing bold moves.

It’s claimed that transfer chief Nickson is currently in South America scouting for targets, though no names are mentioned in terms of potential signings.

Newcastle did look to that market over the summer, as La Provincia claimed that the Magpies wanted Venezuelan attacker Jan Hurtado before he instead joined Boca Juniors.

Some Newcastle fans may be worried, having had bad experiences with similar deals in the past. Clarence Acuna, Diego Gavilan, Christian Bassedas and Daniel Cordone all struggled with Newcastle after making moves directly from South America.

Still, there’s real talent in South America, and more players are making an instant impact in the Premier League than years gone by, with Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison, Juan Foyth, Fabian Balbuena and Gabriel Martinelli faring well.

Newcastle will hope to uncover some gems over there, and fans will be excited that the club are casting their net far and wide in the search of new talent.

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