Date: 9th January 2018 at 11:21am
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Newcastle United have been in touch with a handful of their Premier League rivals over possible transfer swoops for four attacking targets in January, according to a report.

The Northern Echo claim on their website that the Magpies have touched base with Watford, Liverpool and Leicester City about the availability of Troy Deeney, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Islam Slimani, as manager Rafael Benitez looks to bolster his attack with some new firepower.

It is also said that West Ham turned down an approach from Newcastle for Diafra Sakho, with the Spanish boss looking to bring in three outfield players as well as a new goalkeeper during the current window.

None of the aforementioned quartet have been used as their club’s first choice striker, with Ings having just three appearances under his belt this season, Sturridge with 14, Deeney 15 and Slimani 16.

Newcastle’s first choice strikers, Joselu and Dwight Gayle, have managed to net just three goals each this season, but still lead the Magpies’ goal scoring ranks.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle know they need goals to ensure their Premier League survival this season but fans should not get their hopes up over securing their top transfer targets with Mike Ashley in charge. While all the names mentioned may prove to be decent signings, their chances of arriving at St James’ Park, whether on loan or permanently, seem unlikely considering the asking prices and their wages. One of the quartet may make a move to Tyneside, if Benitez is lucky, but realistically he will likely have to scour the market for bargain deals, as he was doing over the summer. Could it affect the club’s hopes of securing their top flight place? Big time, and it is why supporters are so desperate to see a takeover deal come through.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, two European champions are lining up a swoop for one of the Magpies’ international stars.

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