NEWCASTLE United have jetted off to their week long training camp in Saudi Arabia with the club still working hard on making new signings before the close of the January transfer window.

The window slams shut in a week’s time with the club keen to add new recruits before the deadline. Even though the playing and coaching staff will be in Western Asia, work will continue behind the scenes to bring in the likes of Sevilla defender Diego Carlos and Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard.

The club are locked in talks with both players over a potential move to St James’ Park with the club keen to add the pair to their squad before the end of the window.

However, Sevilla are adamant Diego Carlos is staying until the end of the season. As with Jesse Lingard, whose contract at Old Trafford is up in the summer, is undecided on the nature of his move to the North-East, whether it be a loan or permanent switch.

Newcastle earned themselves a valuable Premier League win in their fight against relegation beating Leeds United by a goal to nil. Jonjo Shelvey’s 75th minute free-kick was the deciding goal in the game at Elland Road.

Head coach Eddie Howe admits the result can only help them in their cause to bring new players into the squad but insists he’s not aware of any impending deals being close to completion.

Speaking after Saturday’s result, Howe said: “As far as I know, I think we’re not close on anything now.

“It might help us in the market, who knows. We’ll be active right until the last day.

“We’re looking to improve the squad probably even more importantly now after today with the three injuries we’ve suffered.

“I know everyone behind the scenes, having spoke to them this morning, is working and we’ll give you news when we get it.”

So far, Newcastle United have brought Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier into the club on permanent deals and both played a starring role in the win at Elland Road at the weekend.

The club’s recruitment staff will be hard at work whilst the playing squad are in Saudi Arabia but Howe was keen to stress the point that he has confidence in this current crop of players.

Howe added: “I’ve always said from day one that I back the players that we have regardless of who we recruit but I think you saw the power of recruitment.

“With Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier, I thought they were magnificent for the team. I thought they made huge contributions to the match. That’s the power.

“If you can get it right, you can elevate and help the team to greater heights. We’re still looking to do that but I do back the players that we have here already.”