Five striker options for Newcastle in January transfer window after Callum Wilson injury


Newcastle may have to dip into their extravagant funds to replace Callum Wilson. The England international has been ruled out for a humber of months after a calf injury suffered against Manchester United.

The news that Wilson will be out for a significant time will be a major blow to Eddie Howe.

After a morale-boosting performance against United, Newcastle looked to finally be on the up despite still only having one win in the Premier League.

They are desperate to avoid relegation but that has just become even more difficult after the injury to Wilson.

As Newcastle’s main striker, Howe will now have to look at the January transfer window for solutions.

Luckily for the former Bournemouth, he has the financial might of a gulf state behind him and there are plenty of strikers on the market who could make the move to St James Park.

Odion Ighalo

Perhaps the most likely arrival is Ighalo, who enjoyed a stint at United up front when former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate for a striker.

And the Nigeria international is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League, though Howe will hope he has a better impact than he did at Old Trafford.

Despite goals in the FA Cup and Europa League, Ighalo failed to score in the top tier for the Red Devils while he currently plies his trade for Saudi outfit Al Shabab.

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has already told Ralf Rangnick that he wants to leave the Red Devils after failing to make an impression this season and a move to La Liga reportedly awaits.

Sevilla are linked with the forward, who tried to sign him when Jose Mourinho was in charge, but Newcastle should try muscle in on the deal.

While he has struggled at United, Martial still retains considerable talent and at 26 is hardly over the hill and has plenty to prove.

Alfredo Morelos

Rangers managed to stave off an exodus in the summer but Newcastle’s desire for a striker might lead them to Morelos.

The Colombia international might be a hothead but his antics in front of goal cannot be ignored and the 25-year-old could be a cult hero in front of the Gallowgate End for years to come.

He has made over 200 appearances for the Gers, netting 107 in all competitions and he has previously indicated that he is looking for a new challenge.

Gabriel Barbosa

While his first stint in Europe hardly went to plan, Gabriel has since returned to Brazil and become a sensation in front of goal.

In 139 appearances for Flamengo, the 25-year-old has scored 98 times while there is clearly a massive talent there ready to be unearthed.

That is largely down to a change in position from winger to a classic No. 9 – exactly what Newcastle are after.

Andrea Belotti

Once linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, a dream transfer failed to materialise for Belotti, who remains at Torino.

While he has not hit the heights of that 2016/17 since when he scored 26 Serie A goals, he has remained a reliable source of goals for the Italian side.

However, the 28-year-old appears ready to finally move on with his contract expiring at the end of the season, giving Newcastle a perfect chance to land the forward.


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