As each transfer window comes round, members of the Toon Army dare to dream that wantaway owner Mike Ashley will put his hand in his pocket and sanction a new signing or two.
While the deeply unpopular Newcastle United chief is in talks over selling the club and hopeful that this can be completed before January, that has again raised expectations on Tyneside. The Magpies have a huge following and fanbase; so, in anticipation that Ashley does finally sell up, here are three footballers already linked with Newcastle in the winter window.
After winning the MLS Cup with relatively new American soccer franchise Atlanta United, the stock of Paraguay international attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron has never been higher.
Almiron scored 13 goals (including the playoffs) and made as many assists at Atlanta this year as their remarkable rise to the top of American sport after just two campaigns in Major League Soccer was realised.
As a result, however, he looks highly likely to follow head coach Gerardo Tata Martino out of the USA for new pastures.
Newcastle are said to be leading the race for Almiron’s signature and, if he were to arrive at St James’ Park, he would add further to the South American flavour already in the first-team.
Left-sided player Kenedy is Brazilian, while centre-back Federico Fernandez hails from Argentina, and up front, the Magpies have Venezuela international centre-forward Jose Salomon Rondon.
That is part of a richer tradition of South American stars playing on Tyneside, started by Faustino Asprilla of Colombia in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Should he sign for Newcastle, who are now 20/1 to repeat last season’s top half finish in the latest Premier League betting odds at bet365, then Almiron would follow in the footsteps of the likes of Fabricio Coloccini, Clarence Acuna and cult hero Nolberto Solano.
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris was a rumoured summer target for Magpies manager Rafa Benitez, but the price Benfica wanted was reportedly too high.
As his contract with the Portuguese giants nears its end, however, a deal could be revived that sees the Magpies belatedly get their man.
Samaris, who scored for his country during the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, has won league titles in his homeland and with Benfica, so would bring a winning mentality with him to St James’ Park.
A deeper-lying central midfielder, his potential winter window arrival would provide cover in an area of the Newcastle squad that is a little short on depth.
Reports in Italy claim the Magpies are looking at bringing former Sunderland forward Fabio Borini back to the Northeast from AC Milan.
That would be a controversial move to say the least as crossing the Tyne-Wear derby divide always attracts debate.
While it’s not uncommon as you might think, and there are a few in Newcastle’s books to have played for their bitter rivals the Black Cats, Borini has been something of a flop since his promising youth career with Chelsea.
Magpies boss Benitez is reportedly weighing up interest in the former Swansea City and Roma loanee, who was also on Liverpool’s books when Brendan Rodgers was in charge at Anfield.
Borini’s goalscoring record leaves a lot to be desired though, and with Newcastle among the lowest scorers in the Premier League this term, he would have plenty to prove despite his previous experience of English football.