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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