As the months wear on, it looks increasingly like Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew will utilise the loan market once the January transfer window comes around.
The impact made by Loic Remy, who is at St. James’ Park on a temporary deal from Queens Park Rangers, has seemingly swayed the Magpies’ hierarchy, and further short-term moves are being explored.
With just 40 days to go until the winter window opens, we take a look at just five loan players the Toon could turn to in the new year.
However, the reality is somewhat different, and his desire to play at next summer’s World Cup could be seriously dented if first-team football is not forthcoming at the Etihad Stadium.
With the likes of Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker ahead of him in his favoured right-back slot for England, the 25-year-old needs minutes on the pitch if he is to realise his ambitions.
With only three appearances in all competitions under Manuel Pellegrini this season, it may not be long before the Birmingham-born defender, who can also play at centre-back, reassesses his options.
According to Charles Perrin of the Daily Express, Newcastle United have already sounded out Wilfried Zaha about a loan deal in January, and the signs look promising.
Without a single league appearance to his name at Manchester United this term, the England Under-21 star is eager to kick-start his career in the top flight, and Toon boss Alan Pardew could offer him that chance.
Initially loaned back to Crystal Palace following his move to Old Trafford from Selhurst Park last January, Zaha has failed to make an impact with the Red Devils.
While any switch to Tyneside would be strictly temporary, the benefits of such a move would undoubtedly benefit the Magpies as well as the exciting youngster.
However, some 16 months on, the 23-year-old’s failure to make an impact in the Bundesliga has seen him lined up for a loan move, according to Sky Sports.
Having ruled out a switch to one of their direct competitors in Germany, it seems increasingly likely that the striker could be heading overseas once the window opens.
If Alan Pardew could land a player on loan who moved for €15 million less than a year-and-a-half ago, it would have to be seen as good business.
It seems Demba Ba simply does not fit at Chelsea, and whatever the reasons, the Senegalese striker is almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge in January after only a year at the club.
A more productive option would be for Ba to move back to Newcastle United—the club he joined in 2011 and where he scored almost 30 goals in 58 appearances.
The Magpies were linked with a loan move for their former forward in August, as reported by John Cross of the Mirror, and a fresh move by Alan Pardew in the new year can’t be ruled out.
It’s no secret that Clint Dempsey has a clause in his Seattle Sounders contract allowing him to make a temporary switch this winter, and it is believed Tottenham Hotspur have first refusal on the forward.
However, the way squad numbers look at White Hart Lane, it seems likely that the former Spurs player will look elsewhere in the Premier League.
Another of his previous clubs, Fulham, could be tempted to make a move for the 30-year-old United States international. However, so could Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United.
The Magpies are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, and Dempsey could provide the answer as he looks to stay sharp ahead of next summer’s World Cup during the MLS close season.