Five players Newcastle United are likely to sign and five they will not target in January

NewcastleWorld assessed how the January transfer window could play out for Newcastle United.

Newcastle United's complete focus is set on continuing their push for a top four place in the Premier League table and progressing in a number of cup competitions.

As it stands, the Magpies are still able to successfully navigate their way through a Champions League group containing Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund and Eddie Howe's men can claim a place in the last four of the Carabao Cup with a quarter-final win at Chelsea later this month. January will also see the Magpies kick off their FA Cup campaign as they look to win the greatest domestic club competition in world football for the first time since 1955.

For all of the on-field action, there are ongoing talks behind the scenes at the United hierarchy plan for the January transfer window. Speculation is ramping up over which players could be targeted in the new year as a number of weird and wonderful names are linked with a move to St James Park.

With the window now under a month away, NewcastleWorld takes a look at the latest speculation and assesses which players are realistic targets and who should be completely ruled out.

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