Newcastle United drew 1-1 with Rochdale in the FA Cup on Saturday and now face a replay at St James’ Park.
The Magpies led the tie through Miguel Almiron’s first-half goal but Dale struck back through Aaron Wilbraham.
A replay was probably the last thing boss Steve Bruce needed. The injuries within his squad are stacking up and Almiron and Yoshinori Muto are the latest casualties.
The boss could do with some reinforcements. Bruce has done a decent job so far the resources available and with some new signings, a top-half finish is realistic.
Given the nature of January, Newcastle will be linked with a lot of players. Some rumours will be accurate, others fabricated. One way or another, however, the Magpies need a couple of players in the building.
The Telegraph has recently linked Bruce with a swoop for Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud.
Under Frank Lampard’s management, the French goalscorer has fallen down the pecking order. Giroud has played just 191 minutes in the league this season and was an unused sub against Nottingham Forest yesterday.
It is maintained at the moment that Lampard would like to keep the striker but that could change.
The 33-year-old could be the ideal signing for Newcastle. Supporters of the club crave big-name signings and a loan move could be good for all parties.
Given his age, Giroud needs to play football. He isn’t going to be a long-term fixture in the Newcastle team but given the current situation with injuries, he’d be ideal.
Joelinton has struggled big style since his summer arrival and some more goals would be ideal for Newcastle.
Giroud’s record in the Premier League is good. He has scored 78 in 225 appearances in the top-flight, as well as 39 in 97 games for France.
The experienced performer has been there and done it when it comes to scoring goals and he’d be a coup for Bruce.
Newcastle are currently 13th and the right players in January will give them hopes of a top 10 finish.
Giroud is exactly the sort of play they should be pursuing. He’s proven, would excite the fans and would give his all to prove a point to Chelsea.
The ex-Arsenal man is paid £110,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Stamford Bridge and that would be out of Newcastle’s reach.
If Chelsea are willing to subsidise some of his salary, however, the move could prove ideal for the Magpies.