Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has made former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise and Arsenal midfielder Denilson his top two transfer targets for January.
Newcastle have taken a hit in midfield with Joey Barton being ruled out for two months with a knee injury, and as has been mentioned already, left back is one of the squad’s biggest needs.
Denilson has been a regular for Arsenal this season, scoring two goals and chipping in with a few assists. Midfield is a position where Arsene Wenger may not be interested in allowing any key contributors to leave, with quality depth and injuries a concern, so Kinnear may not be successful with a move for the Brazilian’s U-20 captain.
However, he could be able to solve his current left back issues with Riise, who left Liverpool for Roma in the summer but could quickly be on his way back to England if the offer is right. Riise had a lot of success in his time at Anfield, and while he has played a regular part for Roma until recently, a return to the Premier League could be an exciting prospect.