It’s not a lot of money

Former Newcastle United custodian Shay Given believes the announced transfer budget the Magpies will have in January is not very large in the current market and therefore needs to be leveraged by the loan market.

The Magpies, under their new owner, are expected to invest in the January transfer market to strengthen their squad for the end of the season.

Given, however, believes his former team will have to consider using the loan market given the kind of budget they are going to operate on, with talks of £ 45-50million available for Eddie Howe.

“Reinforcements will only boost morale in the camp, believe me”, Given exclusively told Ladbrokes during his launch of the 5-A-Side bet on Leicester against Newcastle.

“Rumor has it that there is supposedly £ 45-50million to spend on the club in January which isn’t really a lot of money in the current climate so I see the club enjoying the loan market. “

The 45-year-old believes Newcastle don’t need players who are experienced in handling a relegation fight, with quality being the main concern.

“I don’t think it’s about having to call in players with relegation experience; you’re going to want players who will dramatically improve the team.

The former Newcastle man cited the examples of Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard to give the Magpies some suggestions on what they need.

“Quality players are what will take the club out of the position it is in.

“Right away, I think of Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard; two quality players who are not playing as much as they would like for their club at the moment.

“Get the ball rolling with arrivals like this; it will take four, five, maybe even six players of this caliber to arrive in January to give the team a real chance to stay in the division.

Newcastle find themselves deep in the relegation zone with just ten points in 15 games and are three points from safety.

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