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Newcastle could save their season with deal for Armando Broja

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Newcastle are in a dangerous position in the Premier League, and the remaining days of the January transfer window could play a major role in deciding their fate at the end of the season.

It does not take a genius to work out that having better footballers gives you a higher chance of winning matches, and bringing in talent is exactly what the Magpies need to do between now and Monday night.

The Magpies are 18th in the Premier League table and have only won two games all season in the top flight, sitting one point behind 17th-placed Norwich.

Save their season

Signings made between now and Monday could save Newcastle’s season, and one player who could do exactly that is Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

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TuttoMercatoWeb reported earlier this week that Newcastle are interested in signing the Albanian and have placed a £34m (€40m) offer on the table for his services, although that is believed to be not enough to tempt Thomas Tuchel into cashing in on him.

He is currently on loan to Southampton and the Magpies must increase their offer to snap him up on a permanent deal, ending his temporary stay at St Mary’s and allowing him to join the Toon Army.

Whilst Newcastle have brought Chris Wood in from Burnley, the New Zealand international scored just three goals in 17 starts for Burnley in the first half of the campaign and is yet to find the back of the net in two matches for Howe’s side, meaning he has scored once every 6.3 games this term.

This suggests that he alone may not be enough to keep the club in the Premier League, particularly with Callum Wilson currently out injured. Broja could come in and score the goals to win vital points in the top flight to stave off relegation.

He has seven goals and one assist for the Saints in all competitions this season, starting just 12 matches in the Premier League and Carabao Cup combined. He has scored just over once every two starts for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, showing that he has the ability to make a big impact in the final third.

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards hailed the youngster earlier this month, saying: “He’s fearless, he’s strong, he runs in behind, he can hold it up – just at the age of 20 as well. I’ve been really impressed with him.

“Sometimes when young players go on loan, especially in the Premier League, they come off the bench and he’s bided his time a little bit but when his chance came he took it with both hands. Every time that I watch him play I’m impressed.

“He holds the line by himself, his hold up play, constant threat running in behind, his aerial ability as well. He’s really growing in stature.”

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This suggests that Broja offers more than just goals, as he is able to provide the full package as a striker. Richards believes that the 20-year-old has the qualities to be a focal point at the tip of attack by making runs and winning balls in the air, which means that he could be a terrific signing for the Magpies.

They could bring in a player who is able to decide matches with his goals and improve the team’s performances with his ability to link up the play. This is why signing the Albanian predator could save Newcastle’s season, so PIF need to splash the cash to get a deal done.

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