St James’ Park boss looks to bring in additions.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has joined the battle for Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett.
The People says Pulis is on red alert as the Canadian starlet refuses to sign a new deal.
The 21-year-old’s contract with Rovers runs out in June, and the Potters are prepared to offer more money for Hoilett in January than rivals Tottenham and Newcastle United who are also in the hunt.
Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes is set to earn a move to the Premier League.
Manchester United coach Paul Scholes made a check on the Scotland international last week.
And the People says he is now being watched closely by Newcastle United as they search for a new forward. Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers are also interested in the 21-year-old.
Newcastle United are back in for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell.
The Mirror says Newcastle will face a fight with West Bromwich Albion to sign £2m rated Birmingham defender Ridgewell in January.
Newcastle United have had a dream start to the season, one that Magpies fans could not have believed possible when they saw the likes of Jose Enrique, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan leave during the transfer window, and now Alan Pardew is reportedly making plans to add more strength in depth to his St James’ Park squad but targeting three players who could well help keep the Toon Army up in the higher echelons of the Premier League.
Though Leon Best and Demba Ba have done well up front as a pairing Pardew could well do with more adept back up as the likes of Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands are by no means prolific and a move for League One goal machine Jordan Rhodes may be a clever one.
The 21 year old has netted 68 goals over the past two and a bit seasons and is now on the fringes of the senior Scottish international set-up. The Terriers are thought to be ready to accept offers of around £5m for the former Ipswich Town man.
Junior Hoilett may well cost a great deal more as the Blackburn Rovers talent has attracted a lot of attention and may well spark a bidding war in January. Though the Canadian’s contract runs out in the summer any move for the adaptable attacker would be dependent on a price being set by a tribunal as he is too young to be sold on a Bosman deal.
The rangy youngster impressed last term and is being chased by Stoke City and Tottenham.
Of the trio the player seemingly most likely to move to the North-East is Liam Ridgewell with the 27 year old keen to leave St Andrew’s. Pardew is said to rate the former Aston Villa man and his ability to effectively play at both left back and centre back may well make him a player worth stumping up a couple of million for.
Some sources have stated that Mike Ashley is ready to offer Pardew significant transfer funds to help keep Newcastle United up near the European qualification spots not least as the club have suffered a few injuries of late that may well make their threadbare squad struggle.