By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

In an even more than usual rumour-filled January transfer window, Newcastle are being linked with more players than you can shake a stick at, so here’s an attempted summary without missing too many projected targets.

Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis is one of the reported targets to replace the QPR-bound Loic Remy. The 27-year old target man has an impressive scoring record for his current club and has 11 goals this season. A £9m bid is being rumoured and the French contingent already on Tyneside could help land Gomis should he be tempted by an offer for his services.
Speculation has once again resurfaced linking PSG striker Mevlut Erding with a move to Tyneside. The Turkish striker was first linked in the summer but a fee could not be agreed between the clubs, but Newcastle could go back in for Erding, who could be available for a lower price than previously talked about. Erding is likely a backup option for higher priority targets such as Gomis.

Newcastle are understood to have made a bid for AS Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara. A fee of around £2.5m has been rumoured for the 20-year old defender, who has also attracted interest from Serie A side Roma and a number of other Premier League clubs. If he was to move across the channel he would likely be cover for Davide Santon.

Santon himself is being linked with a big money move back to Italy, with AC Milan interested in signing the former Inter full back. Santon is happy at Newcastle at the minute and is not seeking a return to his homeland, so the speculation is unlikely to result in the promising Italy international leaving St James’ Park. Milan are also being linked with Tim Krul, who they are pondering a £10m move for.

The big news surrounds Captain Fabricio Coloccini, whose future remains unclear. Officials were set to meet the Argentina defender today (Wednesday) and decide on the player’s future then, but it is now reported that the meeting will take place on Monday instead. The facts are that Coloccini’s wife has returned to Argentina for personal reasons, leaving Coloccini with their two children on Tyneside. Hometown club San Lorenzo are trying to persuade Colo to rescind his contract with Newcastle, but no official transfer request has been made by the 30-year old. The minnows cannot afford a transfer fee and are hinging their deal on Coloccini’s personal problems and love for his hometown club being the instigating factor behind any contract cancelling.

From an outsider’s point of view Coloccini would be hugely missed by Newcastle if he was to leave in this window, as a huge hole would be left in the already troubled defence. However, because no transfer request has been made, it seems like Coloccini is unwilling to jump ship now, and the summer could be a more apt time to leave. Remember that Coloccini was one of the ones who stayed when Newcastle were relegated to the Championship three years ago, so that suggests he is unlikely to want to leave his club in the mire when they need him to be strong.

If Coloccini does go, James Tomkins has been rumoured as a potential replacement. West Ham won’t want to sell cheaply though and the factor that he is English and home-grown players tend to be massively overpriced could force Alan Pardew to look overseas again. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is a top target, although the Montpellier centre back is attracting attention from all around the world.

14 more days of the transfer window remain and the rumours will gain momentum and interest, leaving the Toon Army sweating on how many players are going to be brought in to strengthen their squad. Sit back and try and stay sane would be my advice, and don’t believe anyone if they claim to have seen a new arrival at Newcastle airport.

Who do you want to see sign for Newcastle this month? Leave a comment below and have your say!

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  1. sirhaan

    Wilfried Bony, Mbiwa and Siem Dejong we set our season straight, but it would be nice if we could add these players aswel so we can go for the europa league they are Jores Okore and Moussa Sissoko. I hope you agree with me geordie fans 🙂

  2. toon

    anyone would be a start, lets face it were a laughing stock, ashley is tight with the wages compared to all the other clubs

  3. Mark

    Need to sign players now, not wait till the last couple of hours of the transfare window. We need at least 2 defenders, 2 Midfielders and striker. Before the rest of the team wanna leave. Are fat Ashley sells them to the highest bidder. Pay wages that will get big names in FAT MAN.


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