December 29, 2023

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:Players seen L-R Kieran Trippier, Youngster James Huntley, Matt Targett, Jl, Jacob Murphy, Bruno Guimaraes, Matt Ritchie, Callum Wilson, Fabian Schär and Paul Dummett pose for a photo during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on March 08, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Newcastle United will have to make decisions in January.

Newcastle might need to be in a situation where they sell to purchase, even though FFP restrictions are still very much in effect.
If the team doesn’t find other sources of funding, spending a lot of money next month can potentially have a negative effect on what transpires this summer.


In fact, the Daily Telegraph stated earlier this week that if that happened, one of Sven Botman, Alexander Isak, or Bruno Guimaraes would have to be sold.

Thus, while Newcastle works on moving players out, loans appear to be the most likely option in terms of incomings prior to the window.

The Athletic claims that Matt Targett might be cut, but there’s a catch.

Newcastle transfer update: most recent on Matt Targett
Players may depart if Newcastle’s injury problem eases up a little.

Targett, a £15 million defender, may have been permitted to depart, even if he is now out with an injury. However, his fitness may make things more difficult.

Although Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett are regarded as significant figures behind the scenes, Javier Manquillo is another.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Matt Targett of Newcastle United reacts after leaving the pitch injured during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 01, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Matt Targett trade is a smart approach for Newcastle to raise funds.

The former Southampton defender appears to be a marketable commodity if he can return to action during the January transfer window.

Tino Livramento, Dan Burn, and Lewis Hall are all capable left backs, thus Eddie Howe is well-stocked there.

Howe expressed his admiration for Targett, and during Newcastle’s Carabao Cup victory over Manchester United, there was a strategy to use him in center midfield as a possible replacement for Sandro Tonali.

That, however, was short-lived as the 28-year-old sustained injuries.

Should he return to full fitness, there may be merit in allowing him to depart, as he has just over two years left on his contract and has been linked to teams like Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

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