DANNY MURPHY believes moneybags Newcastle are at serious risk of going down unless they bring in three new recruits in January to improve their defence.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Murphy also says they need ‘one additional glamour name’ to chip in with goals, in his Mail Online column.
Newcastle are second-from bottom following Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to Spurs.
It took them to 19 goals conceded in their opening eight Prem games this season, the worst in record in the division.
Murphy, 44, says they need to recruit wisely in the next window if they are not to suffer a 'disastrous' relegation under their new Saudi owners.
He told Mail Online: “Newcastle's priority has to be becoming damned hard to beat for the rest of the season.
“I'd say Newcastle require four new signings in the next window to guarantee safety.
“And three of those need to make them defensively better – with one additional glamour name to share the scoring burden with Callum Wilson.”
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To bolster their frontline, Murphy has suggested the Geordies should ‘aim big in the loan market’ and see if they can get Edinson Cavani, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, or Chelsea’s Timo Werner.
He added: “If I was manager, I'd want to sign a centre half, holding midfielder and full-back to make the team tough to break down.
“Once that is delivered, you'd add a goalscorer at the other end of the pitch where Wilson misses too many games.
“They have creators like Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron but not players who can convert the chances.”
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