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Newcastle fans would have been forgiven for feeling very concerned when Teamtalk reported in the summer that the Magpies were eyeing a loan deal for Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck.
The report suggested that Newcastle were willing to cover Welbeck’s £100,000-a-week wages to get a loan deal across the line. But while some may have worried when the reports emerged, many of the Toon Army may now be wishing that Rafa Benitez had got a deal done.
The Magpies won for the first time this season at the weekend, but goals continue to prove to be a problem for Benitez’s side. It does already appear that a relegation scrap is on the cards.
It seems fair to say that January is going to be huge for Newcastle.
The Magpies’ track record suggests that Benitez is going to have to be canny in the market if he wants to make significant improvements to the squad in a couple of months.
And that is why Newcastle should seriously consider taking a gamble on Welbeck.
The Sun has reported that the Gunners are ready to listen to offers for the 27-year-old who is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the season.
It is not clear what Arsenal‘s asking price is, but Newcastle should consider a move. It, of course, has the potential to be a deal that backfires, but if Welbeck stays fit, then perhaps it could be the sort of signing that makes a real difference at St James’ Park.