With the transfer window set to swing open in just 22 days, speculation is mounting across the Premier League as England’s top clubs prepare for some New Year shopping.
Following a summer of inactivity at St. James’ Park, Newcastle United are being linked to another busy winter as they look to bolster their squad.
The Magpies brought in no fewer than six new faces last January and look set to add some new faces following an impressive start to the 2013-14 campaign.
With players of their own being linked with moves elsewhere, we take a close look at the rumours currently surrounding the Tyneside club.
Last updated: Dec. 13, 6:00 a.m. GMT
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has emerged as a surprise January target for Newcastle United, according to Warren Haughton at talkSPORT.
Magpies manager Alan Pardew is a big fan of the 26-year-old and handed him his Hammers debut back in 2004.
Everton are also reported to be interested in signing the former England Under-21 skipper, with Roberto Martinez weighing up his options ahead of the opening of the transfer window.
Noble is a huge favourite on the terraces at Upton Park, and he signed a new deal with his boyhood club last year.
But with both Newcastle and Everton riding high in the Premier League, could his head be turned by a fresh challenge next month?
Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel is the latest name to be linked with a January switch to Newcastle United.
According to Mark Douglas in The Journal, the left-sided wide-man is viewed as a long-term replacement for Jonas Gutierrez, who has struggled to make any impact this season.
The 25-year-old, who spent seven seasons with Sevilla after emerging from their youth ranks, has been capped twice by the current world and European champions, and could be available for as little as £5 million.
With his Newcastle United contract due to expire next summer, striker Shola Ameobi has emerged as a target for Hull City boss Steve Bruce.
The 32-year-old Nigerian forward is playing some of the best football of his career at present and will wait to see if the Magpies offer him a new deal before making a decision on his immediate future.
According to Luke Edwards in The Telegraph, Bruce has accepted his chances of landing the player in January are slim, but the former Sunderland manager is willing to wait until the end of the current campaign to get his man.
Ameobi has formed an effective partnership with Loic Remy this term and edged ahead of an out-of-sorts Papiss Cisse in the pecking order at St. James’ Park.
Having been told by his current club Borussia Monchengladbach that a loan move could work in his favour, Dutch striker Luuk De Jong is once again being tipped to switch to the Premier League.
Borussia board member Hans Meyer admitted last month that the 23-year-old could be shipped out, telling Sky Sports: “We will possibly loan Luuk at Christmas but definitely not to a competitor.”
But any move for the Netherlands international could see the Magpies reignite their interest in a player they almost signed in June 2012 before he opted for a €15 million transfer to the Bundesliga.
Fresh from picking up the Premier League Player of the Month award for November, it’s unsurprising to see Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul being linked with a big-money move away from St. James’ Park.
The Dutch stopper, who has kept clean sheets against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United this term, made headlines last month by making a record 14 saves at Spurs to earn the Toon a famous victory.
Though he is currently tied to the club until 2017 and is reported to be happy with the Geordies, Italian giants Juventus have added the 25-year-old to a list of potential replacements for Gianluigi Buffon.
In the wake of reported interest in Tim Krul, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has wasted little time in identifying a possible replacement, with Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy in his sights.
In a report by Alan Nixon from Mirror Football, the England hopeful has been extensively scouted by the Geordies in case a substantial offer for Krul becomes a reality next month.
The 27-year-old has been at Carrow Road since July 2010 and has grown in stature since his switch from Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell.
He made his England debut last year and was unlucky to miss out on the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine due to a broken finger.
Man-of-the-moment Yohan Cabaye, whose goal defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, is the subject of fresh transfer speculation this week.
The Newcastle midfielder was heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal during the summer and is once more being mentioned as a possible departure from St. James’ Park.
Big-spending French champions Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be readying a bid to take the 27-year-old back to his home country.
And in an interview with beIN SPORT, via ESPN, the former Lille star refused to rule out a move back to Ligue 1, saying: “Who wouldn't want to join PSG?”
As his troubles continue to mount at Manchester United, winger Wilfried Zaha has been forced to issue a statement denying his absence from David Moyes’ side is because of an affair with his manager’s daughter.
As reported by Mark Ogden in The Telegraph, the £15 million man took to Twitter to refute the rumours, but his immediate future with the Premier League champions remains unclear.
Newcastle United are known to have enquired about the 21-year-old with a view to a possible loan deal, according to Charles Perrin in the Daily Express.
It remains to be seen if the Magpies will follow up their initial interest in the former Crystal Palace star, and they may face competition from West Bromwich Albion if they do so, according to Alan Nixon at Mirror Football.
Named as a possible replacement for Fabricio Coloccini recently, Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas has caught the eye of Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
The Olympiakos defender was linked with a move to the North-East by the Daily Star earlier this month, with a £3 million transfer fee being mentioned.
Though captain Coloccini has since reiterated his commitment to the Toon in an interview with The Telegraph, the Greece international could still be an option for the Magpies given the low cost involved.