Ally McCoist believes a Chelsea great will become an immediate favourite if recruited by Newcastle, while a source claims Eddie Howe could sign a ‘worried’ Manchester United star as a surprise alternative.
The Magpies have quickly transformed the conventional ‘big six’ into a ‘big seven’. Newcastle are currently third in the table and show no signs of slowing down.
They’ve won nine of their past 12 league games and haven’t conceded in the league since the World Cup break.
Their success has been built on a strong defense, with 11 goals conceded, three fewer than table-toppers Arsenal. On the other end of the pitch, however, there is certainly room for development.
They are the league’s sixth-highest scorers and have relied mainly on flashes of brilliance from players like Miguel Almiron. As a result, it’s not surprising that the club has been linked with forward-thinking midfielders and strikers this month.
The Telegraph recently speculated that Newcastle may pull off an incredible triple Chelsea coup. They are interested in box-to-box midfielders Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as well as winger Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea is currently on another spending spree and must cut players from their team as a result. This month, they must release two non-homegrown players in order to enrol Benoit Badiashile, Joao Felix, and Mykhaylo Mudryk in their Champions League roster.
That might help a Magpies move for Ziyech, though Conor Gallagher has heard discussion of a move.
Ally McCoist, a pundit and broadcaster on talkSPORT, described the all-action 22-year-old as the “ideal” addition for Eddie Howe.
Gallagher, made for Newcastle?
“Conor Gallagher is the type of player I believe Newcastle would be interested in,” McCoist remarked.
“Young and hungry… I think that would be a [wonderful] signing, and with the way he plays the game, I think Newcastle supporters would love him.
“He’s full of enthusiasm, puts in a lot of effort… he’s perfect.”
Gallagher rose to attention during a season-long loan at Crystal Palace last season. His efforts were good enough to grab Gareth Southgate’s attention, and he was given his senior England debut during the campaign.
Palace are said to be hoping to sign Gallagher again this month, but this time outright rather than on loan.
Newcastle, on the other hand, might derail their plans, with the midfielder a ‘long-term’ priority for head of recruitment Steve Nickson.
A Manchester United raid is a real possibility.
If Graham Potter blocks a Gallagher exit, the Telegraph reports that a move for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay could be imminent.
Following the arrival of the imposing Casemiro, the Scotland international has been pushed to the sidelines this season.
Furthermore, when Christian Eriksen was moved farther forward, it was Fred, not McTominay, who was chosen to join Casemiro against Manchester City.
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Newcastle have apparently ‘shown an interest’ in signing the 26-year-old after finding that he is ‘worried’ about his lack of playing time.
McTominay is said to be ‘open’ to heading to St James’ Park, and Newcastle will act quickly if Manchester United gives them any encouragement.
Given that both clubs are direct competitors this season, such a move would be surprising. They’re both in the top four and, if Arsenal falters, could be title challengers.
As a result, Ten Hag would have to think carefully about a McTominay move to Newcastle, which would surely strengthen Howe’s squad.