Newcastle United hope for three new signings next month.

The Journal says Toon are ready to embark on a major recruitment drive in the transfer window to strengthen both the first team and the wider squad - both of which have been stretched to breaking point by the demands of fighting on four fronts.

And that means a right-back, a centre-back and a striker are on the agenda, with Newcastle sources supremely confident of landing at least one player that can be unveiled on January 1.