Newcastle United are working on bringing in fresh faces in the January transfer window to avoid Premier League relegation.
Eddie Howe, who replaced Steve Bruce in November, has failed to lift the Magpies out of the relegation zone, winning only one of his first seven games in charge. The former Bournemouth boss is in desperate need of quality additions to drive them up the table.
Newcastle have been linked with a host of names, but despite their riches, they are unlikely to lure high-profile players due to relegation worries.
However, they can still use their financial weight to sign players who might not be as exciting as the likes of Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele but an upgrade on their current options.
One such name is Odion Ighalo, who has had Premier League experience with Watford and Manchester United. According to Sky Sports, the Nigerian striker is on Newcastle’s transfer shortlist.
Ighalo is currently playing for Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia, and it is understood he would ‘seriously consider’ returning to England if contact is made.
During his loan spell at United, the 32-year-old scored five goals in 23 appearances before returning to Shanghai Shenhua in 2021. His experience will come in handy, as Newcastle’s current forwards have not managed to capitalize on chances created by Allan Saint-Maximin.
For now though, Howe’s focus will be on coming up with a tactic to limit Manchester United’s creativity at St James’ Park on Monday.