The SEVEN players who could leave Newcastle United tonight as transfer deadline nears

The Magpies may look to trim their squad down before the window closes.

It’s set to be a frantic final few hours for the Newcastle United hierarchy as they look to seal up deals for up to two more players.

Left-back Matt Targett has sealed a move to the Magpies on loan from Aston Villa and Dan Burn is close to returning to his boyhood club from Brighton for a £13million fee.

Jesse Lingard has been linked with a loan move to the club all transfer window, but despite Newcastle putting a fresh offer on the table, a move for the Manchester United midfielder is unlikely at this stage.

With Newcastle needing to cut down their squad after an influx of new arrivals, after Freddie Woodman’s move to Bournemouth earlier today, the Magpies are currently four players over the 25-man squad limit.

With Eddie Howe unlikely to want to leave senior players out of the squad for the rest of the season, NewcastleWorld looks at seven Toon players that could depart before the transfer window slams shut:

Jeff Hendrick

The Irish midfielder has struggled to break into the Newcastle side ever since his arrival from Burnley in the summer of 2020, featuring just 25 times in the Premier League for them.

Hendrick has only made three league appearances for the Magpies this season – and is likely to be one of the fringe players to depart before 11pm tonight.

Middlesbrough and QPR have been rumoured to be interested in signing the 30-year-old on loan.

Ciaran Clark

Hendrick’s fellow Irishman Ciaran Clark has also found himself subject to limited game-time at Newcastle.

Clark – mainly down to injuries in central defence – has played 13 times this season in the league, but questions have been asked by the supporters in recent weeks after his red card against Norwich, and notably, his dismissal in the training game against Al-Ittihad last week.

Just like Hendrick, Clark has also been linked with a move to Middlesbrough.

Jamal Lewis

The impending arrival of Matt Targett means that Jamal Lewis has been linked with a surprise loan move out of St James’ Park.

Before the hamstring injury he picked up in the defeat against Liverpool in December, Lewis had been finding his feet again under Eddie Howe after being subjected to the sidelines by former boss Steve Bruce.

To get regular first-team football, Lewis could depart for a fellow Premier League club, or a Championship side before the window closes.

Matty Longstaff

After having his loan move at Aberdeen cut short, Matty Longstaff is back at Newcastle and may find a new club to spend the rest of the season at before the transfer window slams shut.

The younger Longstaff brother made just five Premier League appearances for the Magpies last season.

A move to the Championship or League One could still happen for the 21-year-old today.

Elliot Anderson

Elliot Anderson is widely regarded as the club’s most talented academy prospect, and it may be time for the 19-year-old to gain some regular first-team football.

The Scottish youngster has made just one senior appearance for the Magpies – highlighting the need for him to further his development.

League One side Oxford United have held an interest in Anderson this month.

Dwight Gayle

If an additional attacking player was to arrive on Tyneside this evening, that may give the green light for Dwight Gayle to depart the club.

Gayle has been starved of playing time, playing just four times this season, and finds himself further behind the pecking order on Tyneside with Chris Wood’s arrival this month.

Championship side Stoke City have been rumoured in the past to have held an interest in him.

Emil Krafth

With Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn coming in, and the need for the squad to be trimmed down, the Swedish international may be one of the players who could head out on loan.

The 27-year-old has struggled to hold down a place in the starting line-up ever since he joined the club in 2019, highlighted by him playing just seven games this season.

A loan move to the Championship or a return to Ligue 1 cannot be ruled out.