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Rafa Benitez’s Watford & Arsenal forward January targets

Newcastle’s recruitment plans

2018 starting positively for Newcastle United.

The Magpies arrested a five game losing streak beating Stoke City 1-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.

Ayoze Perez scored the winner for the Toon against the Potters.

Yet the overwhelming opinion on Newcastle’s survival hopes this season is that they are still in grave danger of going down.

Newcastle are one of ten teams who should all be fearing the drop. Despite sitting five places above the bottom three, Newcastle are just two points clear for the relegation places.

Watford’s Troy Deeney

Could Newcastle sign Troy Deeney form Watford this January?

That potential deal has been floated by ESPN as Deeney is once again available for Watford after suspension.

Deeney has only scored twice in the Premier League this season. He’s also chipped in with one assist.

ESPN report the following on Deeney’s possible Newcastle move:

Sources have told ESPN FC that Newcastle officials have made an enquiry to Watford to ask about Deeney’s availability this month.

Deeney’s future at Watford has been the subject of speculation, with the Hornets captain failing to hold down a regular spot in Marco Silva’s starting XI.

It’s unclear how much Newcastle would have to pay Watford for Deeney.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

A second player linked with Newcastle is Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Walcott was brought on as an 88th minute sub on Wednesday night as Arsenal drew 2-2 with Chelsea.

It’s been clear this season that Walcott is no longer a starter for Arsene Wenger. The Star now believe the forward could join the Magpies:

Southampton West Ham, Newcastle and Everton are all in the running to sign out-of-favour Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.

Walcott’s wages of around £110,000-a-week are a major stumbling block to him landing a permanent move.

Also see: Newcastle fans spot a glaring error in MOTD’s Stoke analysis.

Ayoze Perez slammed after Newcastle beat Stoke (BBC Video)