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Which African players could Newcastle sign to avoid relegation?

6:13 AM GMT+8 02/12/2021
Almeria and Nigeria striker Umar Sadiq.
The Magpies are in a dire situation, but could these African players help them?

  • 20211110 Eddie Howe

    Which African players could Newcastle sign to avoid relegation?

    The Magpies are in a dire situation, but could these African players help them?

    Incoming manager Eddie Howe retains faith that Newcastle United can avoid the drop despite their woeful start to the season, although he’ll surely need to invest heavily in his squad during the January transfer window.

    So far, they’ve lost seven and drawn seven of their matches so far, and are without a win in 14 matches.

    They remain the only team without a win in the Premier League so far this season, but following the Saudi takeover, Howe has some major ambitions to meet.

    The Magpies’ new owners already have ambitions of challenging for the Premier League within the next five years but all of those plans will have to take a halt – for now at least.

    At the moment, escaping relegation is the club’s priority.

    Newcastle are expected to spend big in January and in this feature, GOAL’s Kolade Daniel takes a look at African stars who could help Howe mount a second-half season revival.

  • Eric Bailly - Manchester United

    Eric Bailly

    Newcastle have conceded a whopping 29 goals already and their struggles have been compounded by a series of errors at the back.

    In a quest to strengthen their defence, Howe could turn to Manchester United defender Bailly.

    The Ivorian is out of favour at Old Trafford and could fancy such a move if it would provide him with ample gametime.

    However, the Magpies will have to ward off interest from Tottenham Hotspur, who are also rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old.

  • Nicolas Pepe Arsenal

    Nicolas Pepe

    With Newcastle struggling up front this season, there is an evident need to bolster the attacking ranks as well.

    Pepe has struggled for gametime under Arteta this season, with the ex-LOSC Lille man failing to justify his big-money signing at Arsenal till date.

    The 26-year-old has dropped hints he wants more playing time, and the Magpies could well come to his rescue.

    However, it is rather unlikely the Gunners would let go of the Ivorian in January, while he also has the Africa Cup of Nations to contend with.

  • Mohamed Elneny

    Mohamed Elneny

    The Egyptian is approaching the final six months of his contract, with reports claiming the Gunners could let him leave in January.

    Having managed just two Premier League appearances under Arteta this season, Elneny could come in for Newcastle and perhaps provide them with a different dimension in midfield.

  • Umar Sadiq of Nigeria and Almeria.

    Umar Sadiq

    The Kaduna-born Nigerian has impressed for Spanish side UD Almeria this season, having bagged seven goals from his first 16 appearances.

    A rumoured fee of £25 million ($28m) should convince the Spanish side to sell and that should come as no problem for the Magpies.

    With the urgent need for goals upfront, Sadiq can provide the much needed firepower to boost Newcastle’s chances of survival.

  • Yves Bissouma of Brighton, Oghenekaro Etebo of Watford

    Yves Bissouma

    The midfielder has displayed several commanding displays for Brighton & Hove Albion, and it is no surprise the big names are circling around him as well.

    There is a growing sense the 25-year-old could seal an exit from the Seagulls soon enough, with keen interest in his potential destination.

    He would make a perfect addition for Newcastle but it won’t come easy, with the duo of Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keeping an eye on his situation.