Newcastle United‘s search for a midfield replacement in the January transfer window is likely to be hampered by budget constraints despite Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban, sources have revealed to Football Insider.
Tonali, the 23-year-old midfielder, received a lengthy suspension for breaching betting rules during his time in Italy, leaving a void in Newcastle’s squad.
While the club is expected to dip into the transfer market to fill this gap, names like Joao Palhinha from Fulham, Everton’s Amadou Onana, and Manchester United‘s Scott McTominay have been circulating in transfer rumors.
However, insiders suggest that these high-profile signings may be unrealistic given Newcastle’s financial situation, with their budget unlikely to stretch that far in January.
Newcastle’s financial health has been delicate, with Financial Fair Play (FFP) issues surfacing during the summer transfer window. This led to the cancellation of planned deals for a new center-back and attacker.
Joao Palhinha recently extended his contract with Fulham after a potential move to Bayern Munich fell through. Amadou Onana, on the other hand, is a highly valued asset at Everton, who are striving to avoid relegation to the Championship in the 2023-24 campaign.
Scott McTominay, previously linked with a move to West Ham in the summer, is making his way back into Manchester United’s plans under Erik ten Hag.
Despite the recent injuries to key players like Sven Botman and Harvey Barnes, which have further complicated the team’s situation, Newcastle currently sits sixth in the Premier League with 16 points.
Their next match is against Wolves on October 28, where fans will hope to see how the team copes with Tonali’s suspension and if any potential budget-friendly midfield additions will emerge in the upcoming transfer window.
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