Newcastle told to raid Man City and Arsenal in January transfer window with Nick Pope questioned
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Newcastle told to raid Man City and Arsenal in January transfer window with Nick Pope questioned

Nov 22, 2023

Newcastle have been urged to sign Kalvin Phillips and Aaron Ramsdale by Gabby Agbonlahor.

The Magpies are going into the January transfer window in the hope of closing the gap on the Premier League’s elite by securing Champions League football for a second season in a row.

Newcastle should move to sign Kalvin Phillips in January, says Agbonlahor

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Newcastle should move to sign Kalvin Phillips in January, says AgbonlahorCredit: Getty

Given the hectic fixture schedule that has come with playing in Europe’s top competition, Eddie Howe‘s side have been struggling with many injury problems – something that has been made worse by the 10-month suspension picked up by Sandro Tonali for betting offences.

As a result, Newcastle are looking to sign a midfielder in January, with Agbonlahor suggesting out-of-favour Man City man Phillips as the perfect solution.

Speaking on The Sports Breakfast, Agbonlahor said: “I think that Newcastle will look at Kalvin Phillips.

“Neves would be amazing for them, he’s a top player, but I do think that Kalvin Phillips would make sense.

“Manchester City don’t really want him.”

Elsewhere Arsenal face Brentford this weekend with Ramsdale set to start due to an agreement in the loan deal which took David Raya to north London.

According to Agbonlahor, Ramsdale will be feeling the pressure with the goalkeeper gearing up for a move away in January.

He said: “It’ll be a tough game and he knows that all eyes are going to be on him because he hasn’t played for so long and this is his chance to shine.

Agbonlahor also suggested a move to sign Ramsdale due to his Arsenal standing

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Agbonlahor also suggested a move to sign Ramsdale due to his Arsenal standingCredit: Getty

“There’s a lot of pressure on Ramsdale but he has to go in January. Arteta has made it clear.”

Responding to Aaron Brazil suggesting Bayern Munich or Chelsea as a potential destination, Agbonlahor said: “I’m saying Newcastle.

“It’s Newcastle or Chelsea for me, because Pope’s a top shot-stopper but he can’t play with his feet.

“Every Premier League club near the top has a goalkeeper that can play out from the back and Pope can’t.

“That’s the reason that he’ll maybe miss out on going to the Euros with England, because he can’t play from the back.

“I think that Ramsdale to Newcastle [could happen], but Chelsea, their goalkeeper isn’t great, Sanchez.”


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