Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe in pole position to sign BARGAIN £7.5m midfielder

In today's Newcastle transfer news - Eddie Howe is now in the pole position to sign this bargain £7.5m midfielder, although there is competition...

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Now that Christmas is done and dusted, Eddie Howe will be looking to January as a chance to give his supporters the best possible gift - More signings. Over the last few weeks, the Newcastle transfer news has been hit and miss, which is largely due to the club focusing on the heavy December schedule. Now this is almost over, we can expect an influx of news.

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Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe in pole position to sign BARGAIN £7.5m midfielder

Starting with the latest report from Football Insider, who have reported more on Newcastle's race to sign Kalvin Phillips from Premier League competitors Manchester City. According to the report, Juventus and Newcastle United are both in the best place to sign Phillips, which could make for an interesting transfer news.

Newcastle have multiple injuries in the midfield department, which doesn't help when partnered with the Sandro Tonali suspension. With this in mind, it's easy to see why Eddie Howe is fixating on sorting out a midfielder. Kalvin Phillips, then, seems like a golden opportunity.

The report states that Everton were quoted a £7.5m loan fee when they enquired about taking Kavlin Phillips on loan for a season. If the fee is even close to that for Newcastle until the end of the season, it would be money well spent, in my opinion.

The quest for a midfielder is an annoying one because Howe would rather spend his resources elsewhere. He doesn't need to sign a long-term midfielder because not only is Sandro Tonali due back from suspension in the new year but he also has some upcoming young talent in the midfield, so a short-term option was always the goal.

By signing Kalvin Phillips on loan, we would be gaining a Premier League and England-experienced player who knows the league well, rather than signing a random 33-year-old on a one-year deal.

What do you make of today's Newcastle transfer news?