Going into this transfer window, everyone knew exactly what Newcastle needed in order to try and stave of relegation. We needed to improve the defence, and bring in another striker in the very least. We would also need a certain quality, and the ability to hit the ground running. This would cast a careful eye over those players that had Premier League experience.

Two players have been mentioned with a move to Tyneside recently, one in the past few days, after that embarrassing defeat to Cambridge in the cup, and the news that number 9 Callum Wilson would be out for 6-8 weeks. The other has been mentioned by both rumour mongers, press and fans alike, and both play for the same team. Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Chris Wood.

Both players would undoubtably add experience and an extra bit of quality to this Newcastle squad. Tarkowski could be the leader we need in defence, although new signing Kieran Trippier did add to that somewhat on Saturday. It would be another voice to add to the leadership group manager Eddie Howe has installed at the club.

Chris Wood like his current teammate, brings that Premier league experience, the ability to score goals, which is something Newcastle urgently need with Wilson out, and Gayle seemingly going missing, probably hiding with Santi Munoz. Looking at his stats, Wood has a similar goal to game ratio in the league as our current number 9, so he knows where the goal is!

Wood may no be the big name that everyone would like, and judging by some responses on social media, not a popular choice. But his stats show that he could add something to this largely goal shy Newcastle side. Wood has played 165 games for Burnley since his move from Leeds United in 2017. In that time he has scored 53 goals for the Lancashire side. Giving him a goal every 3.11 games.

In that same period Callum Wilson has played 142 games for both Bournemouth and Newcastle, scoring 51 goals, giving an average of a goal every 2.78 games. The difference is minimal in reality. The New Zealand international is certainly someone that could step in while Wilson is out injured.

Tarkowski is another one who would add quality to our backline. An England international, that has performed well both for his country and his club. Although recent performances haven’t been great for Newcastle’s relegation rivals, it feels more like form is temporary and class is permanent.

The Burnley captain could add a bit of organisation to the leaky Newcastle defence, and would certainly be a voice both on and off the pitch. Not only that he would be an upgrade on what is already available, given our options are limited at the moment. He seems a no-nonsense defender, a fall back to the days of “if in doubt kick it out!” type, who would just get on and do his job.

While both would certainly improve our squad, it comes down to something that the club seem to be experiencing with most signings at the moment. A lack of willing to sell. Burnley certainly will not want to strengthen a relegation rival, while at the same time weakening themselves. And with Cornet out injured, would Sean Dyche sell a player who could get him those all important goals, even though this season Wood has only scored 3 in 17 games. Would he really want to weaken his defence, when scraping a win could become all important in the second half of the season.

There may be a way through for Newcastle though. It has been reported by both Luke Edwards and Sky Sports, that Wood has a release clause in his contract, which would obviously make any negotiations easier, leaving Burnley powerless to act.

The tougher deal to do could be Tarkowski. Although he is into the final months of his contract, and has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season. Could Burnley, who aren’t exactly laden with cash, despite a recent takeover, look to cash in before they lose him for nothing? It could be up to Newcastle to offer a deal that our rivals could not turn down, taking the decision away from manager Sean Dyche.

There are certainly deals to be done for the two players, and given both clubs position it could be made a bit more difficult. However if the board were able to convince Burnley to sell their captain, and we meet the reported release clause for Wood, both would be able to walk straight into the team without any real bedding in period.

Buying Premier league ready quality is needed at the moment. Although talks of Botman, Carlos et al were nice, we need players that are ready to come in straight away, and ready for the fight. Both these players match that criteria. They will be use to a relegation scrap, given their current circumstances, and with no bias at all, moving to Newcastle would be a step up in their careers.

Although not the headline names we have been linked with in the first week of the transfer window, Tarkowski at least is a name that is popular with Newcastle fans, and could certainly do a job for Eddie Howe’s side. The same with Wood. Wilsons goals and threat up front will be missed, Wood could come in and ease that burden, and certainly give Howe options once Wilson is fully fit!

CARL RICHARDSON