Newcastle United's new chiefs have reportedly decided to make as many as six signings in the January transfer window, amid concerns about the side potentially getting relegated.
The Magpies are currently 19th in the English top flight, with just five points from their first 11 Premier League matches of the season.
During the most recent international break, former Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe was appointed as Newcastle's new manager, with there being big hopes the Englishman can turn their fortunes around.
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However, the club's owners have come to the conclusion that the team is far worse off than initially thought, and are now ready to back their new manager with as many as six new signings in January, according to journalist Duncan Castles.
"They have realised that the club is in a worse state in football terms than they expected when they came in, and that relegation is a real possibility given the poor quality of players they have and the position they're in in the division," he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
"How do they solve that? Obviously the January window has become far more important to them.
"Initially, the idea was to be conservative in the January window, don't want to do deals then, they were conscious it is difficult to bring players in mid-season, that prices can be high, availability is limited.
"But they now feel that they have to use the window to its maximum potential to radically change the squad. I'm hearing talk of maybe five or six players coming in."
Paris Saint-Germain star Abdou Diallo and Burnley's James Tarkowski have both recently been linked with the Tyneside club as Howe seemingly plans to bolster his defence with the two centre-backs.
The Manchester United duo of Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard are also said to be on Newcastle's radar as they aim to boost an attack that has only produced 12 goals in 11 league matches.
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