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For January, Newcastle needed to get somebody out, at least one, to be able to re-invest significantly in terms of transfer fees for permanent players.
Loan deals – the Kalvin Phillips one – the loan fee was just too high and Newcastle moved away from that possibility and he moved elsewhere.
They’ve been really careful not to do something that is going to cost them a lot this month. The need was high, but with players coming back from injuries – I know they’ve picked up another one with [Alexander] Isak unfortunately – they should still be stronger in a couple of weeks than where they were at the start of the January window.
It’s just if the injury crisis continues and a few more players become unavailable then I think observers will look at the window and feel like it’s been a missed opportunity, but financially it’s been a really difficult one for them – not a lot of big deals, not a lot of value.
They’ll wait until the simmer to start overhauling the squad and I think there will be quite a high turnover of players then.