Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Newcastle United: Potential January transfer targets

Robbin Ruiter
Newcastle are thought to have made initial contact over the potential £300,000 capture of Dutch goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter. The FC Volendam shot stopper could play second fiddle to fellow countryman Tim Krul should he make a move. Championship leaders Southampton are also rumoured to be interested in the 24-year-old.
Jan Vertonghen
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen helped Ajax win the Eredivisie title last season and is due to face Manchester United in the Europa League in February. But, Newcastle are allegedly preparing a £10m bid for the player who was initially signed to replace Thomas Vermaelen for the Dutch giants. The Belgian international has 35 caps and is under contract at Ajax till 2013.
Gary Hooper
Newcastle could try and ease the workload on Demba Ba by signing Celtic striker Gary Hooper. It has been reported that the Magpies will go head to head with rivals Sunderland for the 23-year-old's signature. The former Spurs academy player signed for Celtic after impressing at Scunthorpe in 2010 and has been equally impressive in the Scottish Premier League over the past 18 months.

After a superb start to the season, aspirations have been lifted at the Sports Direct Arena and investment into the team will be welcomed by supporters hoping for European football into 2012.

Even though manager Alan Pardew said the search for a new striker had been abandoned after talks for Sochaux's Modibo Maiga collapsed, with prolific striker Demba Ba heading to the African Nations Cup, a replacement may be bought. And with the possibility of highly rated defensive midfielder Cheik Tiote leaving Tyneside for a Premier League rival may also force Pardew into finding an adequate replacement.

The injury crisis that ripped through the heart of the defence means signing a central defender is a priority.

Here, we round-up the players being linked with a possible move to Newcastle.

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