Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a double deal as Eddie Howe looks to revitalise his squad.
The Magpies have unsurprisingly been linked with a host of players following their Saudi-backed takeover this year, but have thus far only added Kieran Trippier to their ranks during January.
He is highly unlikely to be the only piece of business conducted at St James’ Park this month though, with Howe targeting new recruits at the heart of both his defence and attack.
And while funds are by no means unlimited, the new ownership have given Howe their backing this month.
Sven Botman of Lille remains the Tynesiders’ primary defensive target, but the Daily Mail have reported that Monaco centre back Benoit Badiashile is being eyed as another potential option.
The 20-year-old has a £35million price tag on his head and is also being eyed by West Ham, Wolves and Manchester United.
And a defender isn’t the only priority for Newcastle, with Howe ideally looking to seal a double deal ahead of the visit of Watford on Saturday.
A striker is also high on the agenda, and the Mail state that Alexander Isak of Real Socieded is Newcastle’s ‘ideal addition’ this month.
The 22-year-old Swedish international is also on Arsenal’s radar, and is understood to have a release clause of around £75million in his current contract.
But with time of the essence, Newcastle are also reported to have spoken to other targets - including Bamba Dieng of Marseille and Zenit’s Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun.
Teamtalk, meanwhile, claim that Noah Okafor is another name under consideration by the club’s transfer team.
The RB Salzburg frontman has caught the eye this term and is reportedly an option to fill the void left by the injured Callum Wilson - who faces eight weeks on the sidelines.