Newcastle Transfer Targets, rumours and odds: Kalvin Phillips odds continue to shorten

Eddie Howe will be hoping some of these linked players walk through the door at Newcastle United soon to help ease the injury crisis he's been forced to cope with this season.

Newcastle enjoyed a magical season last year when they got to the Carabao Cup final and also finished inside the top four meaning Champions League football would be returning. However, fast forward to this campaign and it's a much more bleak picture.

The Magpies find themselves ninth in the Premier League, nine points off the top four and have already been knocked out of the Champions League having won just one game in the group stages. So, Howe will be keen to get some additions to his squad that have had to play almost every game this season with very little rest.

Newcastle transfer targets, rumours and odds
Eddie Howe will be desperate to sign a new midfielder – Photo by Icon sport

Newcastle transfer targets, rumours and odds

A new midfielder must be the top priority

Newcastle only recruited one new central midfielder last summer in the form of Sandro Tonali, however, he's been suspended until next season due to his involvement in illegal betting during his time playing for AC Milan. This has left a major void in midfield, especially given Joe Willock's time spent out of the side.

Hiwe's team has been built around pressing and high intensity, something that's been difficult to maintain with the number of injuries. 17-year-old Lewi Miley has stepped up but he must be looked after, so a new midfielder who can sit deep and unleash the Magpies' flair players is a necessity.

Nick Pope's injury could force Newcastle's hand

Nick Pope has certainly proved to be a value-for-money signing having helped the Magpies qualify for the Champions League last season keeping 26 clean sheets since his arrival, and all for just £10 million. However, a freak shoulder injury has seen him ruled out for the majority of this season, putting the pressure on former number one, Martin Dubravka.

Since the Slovakian regained his number one spot he's kept just two clean sheets, with them coming against a Fulham side down to 10 men and a Championship outfit in Sunderland. Therefore, Newcastle may see this as a perfect chance to replace both Dubravka and Pope naturally, without causing too much uproar given the latter is out injured.

Newcastle United are favourites to sign Kalvin Phillips – Photo by Icon sport

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Kalvin Phillips 4/6 (1.67)

Phillips to Newcastle has been rumoured for months now and with Juventus reportedly pulling out of the race, it looks as though he is destined to end up on Tyneside, either permanently or temporarily. The England international will be keen to play regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2024 in Germany.

This deal is indeed taking its time due to Manchester City wanting an inflated loan fee for their midfielder, something Newcastle are unwilling to match, so it could take some time before he's unveiled. Phillips would be an ideal signing for the Magpies as he'd protect the back four, stop counter-attacks and allow Bruno Guimaraes to flourish further forward.

David de Gea 2/1 (3.0)

Dubravka certainly had a rocky start to life back as Newcastle's number-one but appears to have slightly turned a corner, meaning a big splash on a goalkeeper doesn't appear necessary.

Therefore, if they could persuade David de Gea to join on a short-term deal with reduced wages then it could be something that works out for everyone. De Gea has a wealth of experience and is a top shot-stopper, but consistency certainly let him down over the past few years. It remains to be seen if he would drop his wages enough for the Magpies to consider signing him, but he's an option.

Jordan Henderson is keen to leave Saudi Arabia – Photo by Icon Sport

Jordan Henderson 9/1 (10.0)

Jordan Henderson is a name who's been in the media a lot over the past week with the England star ready to ditch Saudi Arabia in favour of a return back to Europe, or even England. Despite his Sunderland connections, Henderson is being hotly tipped to join Newcastle with his name being discussed internally, according to reports.

Henderson is in the twilight years of his career and has certainly lost a yard or two of pace. However,  could add needed experience and a willingness to sit deep and conduct the tempo of a game, something Newcastle have struggled to do as they always want to play as fast as possible.

Raphinha 10/1 (11.0)

With Harvey Barnes picking up an injury on his first competitive start for Newcastle this season, a lot of pressure has been put on Miguel Almiron and Anthony Gordon. This is alongside Willock and Elliot Anderson being unavailable has seen the levels of performance drop in recent weeks from the duo, which is only natural.

So, bringing in a new winger who can take over from Almiron and allow him to take more of an impact substitute role would benefit him and the squad. Raphinha has long been linked with a move to Tyneside and may see coming back to the Premier League as ideal for his career.

The Brazilian international has only started eight La Liga games this campaign for Barcelona, so he's certainly someone that Xavi may see as sellable, especially if it allows him to be active in the transfer market.

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