Six emergency Newcastle United transfer targets after Alexander Isak injury scare

Newcastle United fans will believe they are currently trapped in a never-ending cycle of injury problems.

Eddie Howe’s team has been plagued by injuries this season, and striker Alexander Isak is the latest casualty. The Swedish talisman was hurt during Newcastle’s 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Tuesday night due to a muscle ailment.

Speaking after the game, the Magpies’ manager remained evasive about his probable return date. He told TNT Sports, “We don’t know [when Isak will return].” It does not appear to be a significant problem, but rather a little groin issue. But fingers crossed, we get him back soon.”


When questioned further about any late transactions being announced in the last days of the January transfer window, Howe stated: “I expect to be finished for the window. I believe there is now very little time left to do anything, both inside and outside.




“That is where it stands. I don’t believe we have the ability to accomplish anything. As far as I know, nothing is going to happen right now, but there is still time.

Howe’s final cautious word at the end of his speech reflects what we all know: things can change rapidly in football. Newcastle may decide to add to their forward line to cover for Isak’s injury, even if it is not severe.

Should this be the case, Chronicle Live has compiled a list of six prospective emergency striker targets Howe might pursue between now and Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Barbosa is a wildcard possibility, but his goal-scoring record in Brazil speaks volumes. With 141 goals in 254 games, the 27-year-old may make an impression in the Premier League. He is also in the final year of his contract, so a bargain deal may be available.

The Parisians’ teenage striker is not getting a look at the Parc des Princes, and a loan move has been suggested for him. Ekitike had already been linked with Newcastle, so Howe believes this is a possible transfer


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