Newcastle United have already identified five targets for the January transfer window, a report claims – and the most recent rumour would reunite Eddie Howe with a former player.
After being taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium, expectations are high for Newcastle ahead of January. That said, they will face a battle to convince top targets given their current position in the Premier League relegation zone.
Money talks, though, and several players could be enticed by their long-term plans. With that in mind, Newcastle are working on their shortlist of targets.
The first important step for the new owners was to establish who their next head coach would be. Now that Howe is in position, they can really push forward with their plans.
According to Marca, Newcastle have five targets in mind for the January transfer window. In most cases, the speculation has already existed, but one link that appears to be new is that with Tyrone Mings.
Mings currently captains Aston Villa, who are about to enter a new era of their own after appointing Steven Gerrard as manager.
Villa will be keen to keep hold of Mings, but Newcastle may test their resolve. Defence is an area for them to consolidate after conceding 24 goals from their first 11 Premier League games this season.
The England international is seen as someone who could be a leader in their backline if he was to make such a switch.
Mings previously played under Howe at Bournemouth, although injuries limited his involvement. He only appeared 23 times under the new Magpies boss.
They could yet get a chance to work together again. However, with a contract until 2024, Mings is unlikely to be made available by Villa – who are just five points above Newcastle in the table.
Indeed, there have been doubts about whether any Premier League clubs would be willing to do business with Newcastle after the reception to their takeover.
Therefore, the Magpies may have to look abroad for alternative targets. Another defender on their radar to be mentioned by Marca is Niklas Sule of Bayern Munich.
There is a feeling that Bayern may make Sule available, despite him getting plenty of gametime, if Newcastle put together a decent…