Newcastle handed 'absolutely huge' boost amid five-name transfer list update
Alan Hutton has insisted Newcastle United have given themselves a “huge” transfer boost by beating Leeds United on Saturday.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 1-0 win means potential signings will be more open to joining the Magpies in the final week of the window.
As reported by the Telegraph on Monday (24 January), Newcastle are pushing for as many as five new signings before Monday’s transfer deadline.
As well as the pair of attacking midfielders, the Telegraph claim Aaron Ramsey, Diego Carlos and James Tarkowski are among the Magpies’ other targets.
Hutton suggested Saturday’s much-needed win over Leeds will give players confidence in joining the north east giants.
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“The win was absolutely huge, it really was,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“When you think about it, that’s one of their rivals at the bottom. Leeds are down among it. When you’re down there, it’s always difficult to see your next win.
“So to go away to Elland Road where it’s difficult to get the victory is a massive confidence boost and massive in terms of signing players.
“I’ve been there myself as a player. If somebody is interested in you, you look at the league. If they’re sitting bottom or second bottom, you’re thinking they can’t buy a win. You’re going to think twice.
“But if you see things changing, you see the momentum shifting. If they’re going on a bit of a run with good quality players, the confidence is lifted. It will attract them to go there.
“It’s all about how you see them as a club. We know they’re trying to get out of that relegation zone, but they need quality players to come in and really help them.
“I think they just need a few more additions. If they get that, I don’t see it being a real problem for them getting out. I think there are worse teams.”
Jonjo Shelvey’s free-kick was enough to secure a 1-0 win at Elland Road.
The Magpies now sit 18th in the table, one point behind Norwich with a game in hand.