Striker Wood joins Newcastle
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Newcastle are being tipped to add to the acquisitions of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood before the end of the January transfer window. But Gabby Agbonlahor has a warning for two players in particular on heading to the north east.
Eddie Howe’s side are in a relegation scrap and could easily fall to the bottom of the table with the amount of games Burnley have in hand.
An impressive draw at home to Newcastle at the end of December was followed by a disappointing result against Watford last time out.
A win against Claudio Ranieri’s side would have seen Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone and into 17th place.
They face an important run of fixtures against the likes of Leeds and Everton next, both of whom are also precariously positioned in the table.
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Newcastle’s new owners will be desperate to avoid the disastrous scenario of a relegation.
And they’ve already flexed their financial muscle in stealing Wood away from Burnley in a deal reported to be worth £25million.
But more signings are expected and bolstering options in midfield appears to be a top priority.
Both Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli have been touted as possible targets with the English pair struggling for minutes at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.
United are prepared to let Lingard leave on loan while Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Alli.
However, Agbonlahor doubts either player would be keen on a switch to St James’ Park given their position in the league.
“For me he has to leave in January,” he said on talkSPORT.
“When you hear about the teams that are looking at him, it’s been mentioned that Newcastle might want him on loan.
“I don’t think he’ll go to Newcastle on loan. If he wants to go somewhere on loan, he’s going to look at a West Ham – a team that’s fighting the opposite side of the table.
“He won’t want to go there. Dele Alli won’t want to go to Newcastle and in a relegation battle, especially when it’s on a loan deal.”
A central defender is also top of Newcastle’s wishlist with Diego Carlos said to be the preferred option.
But Carlos now appears set to stay at Sevilla after the Brazilian admitted on Wednesday night: “I have a lot of time left here (in Seville).”
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