Who could Eddie Howe sign in January? Bale, Vardy, Coutinho, Lingard...

Newcastle and Eddie Howe are intending to spend big in January but who could they sign and which players make the most sense?

The Newcastle revolution is underway with Eddie Howe agreeing in principle to become Steve Bruce's successor.

As expected, Newcastle United are linked with every player in the world following their high-profiled takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund.

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland you say?

Well, let's just say they may not be swapping Champions League soccer for a relegation battle in January.

He may not be the glamorous name Magpies fans were crying out for but Newcastle under Howe will still be able to attract some solid players in the transfer window.

Below, we look at 10 players who could join the Saudi-backed Magpies.

James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski

Newcastle fans want expansive soccer after more than two years of dourness under Bruce and are expecting some exciting names. However, building from the back is exactly what this side needs to ensure they remain in the Premier League.

James Tarkowski would be a great signing for the club. The 28-year-old, capped twice for England, is a reliable centre-back with some of the best years of his career yet to come.

West Ham have also been linked with him and with the player available on a free transfer in the summer, it may be wise for Newcastle to throw some money at Burnley and sign the defender in January. 

Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

The winger has been denied the chance to leave Crystal Palace over the last couple of seasons due to the hefty transfer valuation slapped on him by the club.

The 28-year-old left Palace in 2013 to join Manchester United but would return to his boyhood club on loan before returning permanently in 2015.

A key part of the Patrick Vieira revolution, only an astronomical fee from Newcastle would see him join Howe's new-look side. 

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona

Since departing from Liverpool to join Barcelona in 2018, the Brazilian attacker has struggled to replicate the form which saw him sold for £142million.

There is no doubt Coutinho would be welcomed with open arms by the Geordie faithful - and it could happen, especially with the ex-Inter Milan winger out of favour at Barca.

The Spanish outfit - who were unable to resign Lionel Messi due to La Liga rules - are in financial difficulty and would love to get him off their wage bill. For him to join, Newcastle would have to offer him a huge salary, something which is no longer a problem.

Ousmane Dembele

Dembele Barcelona 2021

Ousmane Dembele has been linked with a move away from Barcelona with his contract set to expire at the end of next summer.

The Frenchman is on the radar of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool as well as Bayern Munich although both would prefer to sign the forward for free, according to Planet Sport's Graeme Bailey.

This is where Newcastle can jump the queue and poach Dembele. With very few prepared to offer a transfer fee in January as well as match the high wages Barca are currently paying Dembele - believed to be at around £200,000 - Newcastle with fancy their chances of capturing the 24-year-old.

Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard Manchester United Derby friendly Jul21

This is exactly the type of signing they could do with and Lingard's agent reportedly attended Newcastle's first game since being taken over.

Despite a brilliant loan spell at West Ham which saw nine goals and four assists in the league, Lingard's appearances have been limited this season at Manchester United.

Lingard hinted at a possible move away from Old Trafford in January during the international break but is not short of admirers across Europe.

Georginio Wijnaldum


The Dutchman left the Premier League to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer.

Wijnaldum was expected to join Barcelona - a move he described as a boyhood dream - but financial issues at the Spanish club had an impact and more money was on the table from PSG.

Despite playing with NeymarLionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, Wijnaldum has admitted he is unsettled in Paris. Having only started half of PSG's league games, he could be very tempted by a move to St James'.

Alfredo Morales


The Rangers forward has been linked with a move away from the Ibrox for a couple of seasons now and after winning the Scottish Premier League under Steven Gerrard, he may fancy a new challenge.

Morales has the ability to be a handful for any defence on his day but he is a maverick and loves a red card.

For the right price, Newcastle could definitely sign him in January but the question is, does he offer more than Callum Wilson?

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey

The midfielder is on huge wages at Juventus but his time in Turin has been frustrating.

Unable to make regular starts for Juve - due to injuries and under-par performances - the writing is on the wall for Ramsey. Not many clubs can afford wages of around £400,000 per week which puts Newcastle in a strong position.

With the pedigree and trophies won in his career, Ramsey could prove a perfect signing for the Magpies - as long as he stays fit.

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

The English winger has admitted he would consider a move away from Manchester City after limited time on the pitch. Sterling has dropped down the pecking order in the last 12 months and the arrival of Jack Grealish has made it even harder for him to get game-time.

He will not be short of offers, and at this stage of his career, Sterling will not be keen on the thought of missing out on European soccer at Newcastle.

Donny Van de Beek

Donny van de Beek in action for Manchester United

There is no room for him at Manchester United, that is obvious. Van de Beek has shared his frustration at not being selected more frequently. He has just one appearance in the Premier League this season.

The Dutch international signed a £35million, five-year-deal and while he may not be in the future plans of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club will be wanting to make the money back they paid for him from Ajax.

Unproven? Yes. But Van de Beek has potential and at 24 years old, it would be a calculated gamble should Newcastle come in for him.

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy FA Cup May21

With his career winding down, does Vardy fancy a new challenge? Vardy is a Leicester City legend and has won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Foxes.

The English striker - under contract at Leicester until 2023 - previously turned down the chance to join Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for "a lot of money" in 2016 so a move to Newcastle would be a huge shock.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema leave the pitch after drawing with Levante

Be careful what you wish for.

He may have bagged 11 goals on his return to the Premier League last season on loan at Tottenham, but his stats flatter his performances in north London.

Newcastle could definitely grab Bale's signature if enough money is on the table - and there's a golf course nearby.

The Welshman's best days are behind him - but this has all the hallmarks of an expensive flop and you could it happening. If not in January then definitely in the summer when his deal expires at Los Blancos.

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