It's never too early to start thinking about January, is it?
Well, yes, it can be, but since we're less than two months away from the opening of the January Transfer Window, it's worth looking at some of the bigger moves that might be in the pipeline for each team.
In Newcastle United's case, there probably won't be many huge headlines emanating from St. James' Park, but expect Alan Pardew to try to inject some new blood into his squad this winter.
We all saw the tremendous effect that midseason spending had last season, when Papiss Cisse landed on Tyneside and devastated the Premier League with 13 goals before the end of the season.
Now, there are some murmurs that Cisse might be on his way out. But that is just life at a competitive club like Newcastle. When Demba Ba is playing as well as he is, there is no room for experimentation.
Still, Pardew does have a few areas that need to be improved. Let's examine a few of those rumored to be on their way in and speculate about who might have to walk out the door to make way.
Recently, Sissoko has drawn interest from Premier League clubs that might be interested in swooping during January. A week ago, Metro reported that both Arsenal and Newcastle are interested, with Alan Pardew starting the negotiation process early.
Of the speculation, Sissoko said, "To play in the Premier League would be a dream come true, it’s a fantastic league and I enjoy it. Newcastle are a fantastic team and would be attractive to any player. I am no different."
The Magpies have shown an affinity for French players recently, and their Francophilia has served them well. Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa have played major roles during the past couple seasons, and their fluid styles have come to define Newcastle.
The brawn of Cheick Tiote has helped the midfield immensely, as well, and Sissoko could bring the best of both elements to the Toon's midfield.
Rangy and dynamic (a little like Patrick Vieira, although that comparison is basically a cliche at this point), Sissoko's combination of physicality and fluidity would make him a valuable asset if Newcastle can cough up the reported £10 million fee.
Papiss Cisse to Tottenham
Papiss Cisse's reported unhappiness (news via Mirror Football) at Newcastle is perfectly understandable—after all, he showed last season that he has tremendous talent but has not had a chance to get into form with the superb play of Demba Ba.
With a highly capable group of forwards waiting in the wings, it is plausible that Ba could drive his countryman out of St. James' Park and into the welcoming arms of another club.
Enter Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are seemingly always linked with a new signing up front, although few seem to materialize. Nevertheless, Jermain Defoe continues to be more than effective in his mostly supporting role, and Emmanuel Adebayor is still a force.
Unless someone suffers a severe injury in North London, it would appear that Cisse has more value to Newcastle than to Tottenham.
At some point Ba will need to rest, and he has a troubled history with injuries. Having a reliable backup plan is essential, and Cisse is the perfect option. If Alan Pardew can manage to hold on to him, he should.
Apparently, this move almost happened during the summer but could never get done because Lille never backed down on their demand of a high transfer fee.
Has Debuchy ruled out any future moves? Not at all. "I didn't want to leave for the sake of leaving," he said, via ESPN FC. "I wanted to join Newcastle. It's not certain if I will leave next year. I hope there will be other opportunities."
We've already discussed Newcastle's good recent track record with French players, and Debuchy would fit in seamlessly. He obviously is aware of the success of his compatriots on Tyneside, which he could easily replicate.
Debuchy to Newcastle makes sense on all levels, and both parties seems eager to complete a deal. The question, really, is if it will get done this January.
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