NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United acknowledges the fans following the Premier League match between Newcastle United  and  Manchester United at St James' Park on December 27, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The January transfer window is in full swing, and as you may have guessed, Newcastle United are the team making the most headlines.

Indeed, after the Magpies’ takeover in late 2021, the Tyneside club are now one of the richest clubs in world football, and with great wealth comes great expectations in the transfer market.

Newcastle have been linked with everyone from Ben Mee to Eden Hazard, and while it’s tough to separate the unreliable speculation from the genuine links, it’s fair to say that the Magpies will be busy.

With that in mind, we’ve had a go at predicting how Newcastle will line up after the January window.

We think that Newcastle will strengthen, but we’ve not tipped any outlandish superstar signings.

The Magpies may have to build slowly. After all, they’re currently in a relegation battle, so they may struggle to tempt the best players in the world to St James’ Park, so we think they’ll opt for a number of smart and attainable signings rather than blockbuster names.

Kieran Trippier has already come through the door, and we expect three more defenders to join him.

James Tarkowski has been strongly linked, while the Magpies are said to be closing in on Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona.

Sven Botman is reportedly the Toon’s top target, but Lille aren’t keen to sell, so that one may not be finalised.

Another deal that isn’t likely to go through is Newcastle’s move for Lucas Digne, but we do expect a French left-back to arrive in the shape of Romain Perraud.

Aaron Ramsey is apparently going to be on the move this month. Newcastle are interested and they’re one of the only clubs who will be able to afford his huge wages.

Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser are four players who keep their spots, while Eddie Nketiah comes in as cover for the injured Callum Wilson up top.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 16: Aaron Ramsey of Wales in action during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Wales and Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium on November 16, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
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