Whom should Newcastle bring in during the January transfer window, and whom should they ship out:
Luuk de Jong -- The out-of-sorts Borussia Monchengladbach striker has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle from the Bundesliga. The Netherlands international held talks with the Magpies in summer 2012, but United could not broker a deal with FC Twente. Speculation in the German and Dutch media has been rife that de Jong wants a fresh start in 2014, and a loan to the Premier League could fit the bill. Loan moves are back in at St James' Park after Loic Remy's successful temporary switch and de Jong would bolster Alan Pardew's striker options.
United need more competition in their front line with Shola Ameobi failing to hit the target in the Premier League in 2013 and Papiss Cisse often overlooked by his manager. De Jong may not have been a hit with Gladbach, but he would arrive hungry and keen to impress on Tyneside. Therefore, de Jong could provide the answer until the end of the season.
Wilfried Zaha -- The Manchester United man is in dire need of first-team football, and Pardew is a big fan. A move for the ex-Crystal Palace star has already been played down, but if United remain in touch with the chase for the top four in the early weeks of 2014, United will be keen to bolster their options and another loan switch could work out.
Certainly, Pardew would love to sign the one-time Eagles ace, but his old pal at Palace Tony Pulis is also very much in the hunt.
Andre Pierre-Gignac -- The Marseille star is being tracked by a host of clubs with Everton, West Ham and Arsenal also taking a look at the 28-year-old. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he is only looking at strikers and United are well aware of the Velodrome goal-getter's capabilities. However, he would be some way down United's pecking order in the window, and a cut-price deal for the striker may well come into play for interested clubs, given his contract is up in 2015.
Alex McCarthy -- The 24-year-old Reading stopper is on Newcastle's list of goalkeepers along with Watford's Jonathan Bond. The Magpies are keen to add another keeper to their books and want to find a long-term successor to Tim Krul, should he quit the club in the next 12 months. Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan have all been linked with a move for the classy Dutchman.
Sylvain Marveaux -- The former Rennes winger has been frozen out at United and is hardly earning small wages, meaning he is taking up a huge chunk of the wage bill. The Frenchman is desperate for first-team football and if Newcastle can't even find a place for him on the bench, they may just have to admit defeat and move Marveaux on to pastures new.
Jonas Gutierrez -- The Argentine international is another who can't get a regular slot and has missed a big part of the first phase of the campaign. Currently plying his trade in the reserves, United could cash in on the ex-Real Mallorca man and there are clubs both in the lower rung of La Liga and back home in Argentina keen on his services if the price is right.
Steven Taylor -- The local lad has hardly kicked a ball this season and has lost his place to the in-form Mike Williamson. Taylor will be 28 this month and can't wait forever for first-team football at his beloved St James' Park. With youngsters like Remie Streete and Lubo Satka coming through the ranks, United may feel that they can afford to move the former England under-21 skipper on in 2014. Big call, though.