Newcastle United will hold a meeting today to assess where they are with their transfer targets, with just over a week remaining in the window.
The Magpies currently sit 18th in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Leeds on Saturday, and will look to survive the relegation by adding reinforcements in the January transfer window.
As Eddie Howe looks to bring in players from a number of positions, Sportsmail highlights just some of the names they have considered and will be discussing today as crunch decisions loom.
Eddie Howe is eager to get some deals over the line before end of January transfer window
Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
Potential loan being discussed amid concerns over Martin Dubravka’s form and fitness following his injury.
The German shot-stopper has been out of favour since the Gunners acquisition of Aaron Ramsdale in the summer, and with Arsenal in talks over New England Revolution’s goalkeeper Matt Turner, it could open the door for Leno to leave.
With 100 appearances in the Premier League and 233 in the Bundesliga, the Arsenal outcast has vast experience at the highest level of football.
Mitchel Bakker (Bayer Leverkusen)
Personal terms are being discussed on a £16m transfer for the Holland international left back.
The 21-year-old has played a crucial role in Leverkusen’s success this year, with the Dutch full-back contributing three assists and one goal in his 13 league appearances this year.
Should any talks falter Aston Villa’s Matt Targett could come under focus.
Diego Carlos (Sevilla)
Offer is in, player has asked to leave, talks ongoing.
Carlos made it clear to the Sevilla board last week that he had the intention of leaving the club in the January window, which has urged potential suitors to get bidding.
However, Sevilla don’t want to sell and are continuing to play him. Unless Newcastle throw more money at the deal they may have to move on.
Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)
Versatile centre back has been on and off their list, now active again but fee could be around £32m.
24-year-old has racked up over 150 appearances for Fiorentina, and has played 19 games as they push for a Europa league position.
Southampton’s Jan Bednarek has also been mentioned but is understood to be back in favour after a fall out before Christmas.
Arsenal’s Bernd Leno remains on Newcastle’s shortlist as they look to replace Martin Dubravka
Sven Botman (Lille)
Newcastle’s dream target but Lille won’t sell.
Contact has remained throughout the window but Botman has been leaning towards AC Milan in the summer.
Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile is also a target, with offers up to £35m being made for the France U21 international but his thigh injury means he will be out until February.
James Tarkowski (Burnley)
The 29-year-old has been of a mind to see out his contract and take his pick of varied offers in the summer.
Burnley would want close to £30m and this time there is no clause to trigger, unlike with Chris Wood.
However, with Sean Dyche’s side sitting bottom of the league table right now, Tarkowski may take it upon himself to force a move.
Yves Bissouma (Brighton)
Newcastle’s number one midfield target but cost is an obvious obstacle.
He has just 18 months left on contract however Brighton want £50m, so it’ll be difficult to achieve.
Sources also say he has ambitions to join a top-six club, with Arsenal and Tottenham both being linked to the Malian midfielder.
Burnley’s James Tarkowski (L) and Brighton’s Yves Bissouma (R) make Magpies shortlist
Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig)
The midfielder has a £33m clause in the summer but would cost massive money now, with interest rising in the Leipzig man.
However, the 23-year old wants to wait until end of the season to assess his options.
Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City)
A potential late loan but Leicester are reluctant to let him out after his success at filling in at centre back.
With the Foxes missing a number of players to injury and the Africa Cup of Nations, Choudhury has been a useful deputy in a number of positions, making his sale less likely this window.
Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)
Kamara is out of contract in the summer and has been talking to foreign clubs with Marseille looking to sell now for £10m.
Aston Villa, Leeds and Manchester United have all spoken to his agents as he eyes a potential move.
The 22-year-old has the ability to play in midfield or defence and is a regular fixture in the French U-21 squad.
Ousmane Dembele (L) and Jesse Lingard (R) are amongst the attacking options for Eddie Howe
Jesse Lingard (Man Utd)
Lingard has been looking to see out his contract but is intrigued by a move to St James Park.
Newcastle have been hoping to change his mind and want an answer from United of how much a deal would cost in the hope the player can be swayed – West Ham will monitor events too.
A loan deal with a sizeable fee remains the most likely avenue out of Old Trafford this month.
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
Alli was once Tottenham’s star boy with the world at his feet, but with issues in recent years he looks to find a new challenge after being excluded from Antonio Conte’s Spurs teams.
His form means he has not been top of their list but he has potential to have a big impact.
If a deal for Jesse Lingard falters, Alli would be an ideal loan.
Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
Barcelona want their contract rebel to go so they can recoup an £18m fee and lose his high salary.
Newcastle have dismissed going for such players previously as a wasted exercise but now he has come under discussion.
Convincing him to come would mean compromising their proposed wage structure and could upset the dressing room atmosphere that Howe is trying to cultivate
Mario Balotelli (Adana Demirspor)
The Turkish club’s president insists Newcastle want the 31-year old who has been recalled to the Italy squad.
Adana are actively looking for a replacement but whether Eddie Howe would welcome such a divisive signing is a different matter
Dele Alli has once again fallen out of favour at Tottenham and could look to leave this month