Our football columnist and ex-Newcastle striker Mark Viduka recently posted the departures from St James's Park in the January transfer window. Now he's back to give his view of the incoming transfers at Newcastle. Over to Mark.
The Portuguese Youngsters
Four young players from Portugal joined Newcastle as Alan Shearer began to build for the future. Rúben, 22, joins from C.S. Marítimo for a fee of £1.1 million. He is expected to be cover for Italian left back Davide Santon.
Viduka: As a covering left back, he looks great and seems to be a bargain at £1.1 million. Who knows, he could even challenge Davide Santon for a first team place.
The next Portuguese youngster to join is João Mário, 20, who joins on a free transfer.
Viduka: He looks an OK buy with good potential and with the right work in training, he could break into the Newcastle first team.
The third Portuguese youngster to join is Roderick Miranda. 22, who also joins on a free transfer. He has already agreed a loan move with Newcastle's feeder club with St Mirren which sees him join the Scottish club for a full season on the 1st of July.
Viduka: Good potential for a center back and he should be ready to challenge for a first team spot soon. The loan spell at St Mirren will definitely help him progress.
The final Portuguese youngster to join is Alexandre Alfaiate, 17, who joins from Benfica on a free transfer.
Viduka: I think he is the most promising acquisition from Portugal as he seems like a very determined lad. Coming from Benfica, who are a great side, suggests that he has great potential and could go far in the game. I think he is a really good 'buy' for Newcastle.
The Rest Of The Arrivals
Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 20, joins on a free transfer.
Viduka: He looks like a great transfer for Shearer, as he doesn't really have sufficient backup to Tim Krul. At the age of 20, he brings more experience than current 'backup' goalkeeper Joe van der Sar. Rob Elliot is not really good enough for the squad and will probably be sold now that van der Sar and Oblak are in the team.
Young Italian forward Giuseppe De Luca, 21, comes in from Atalanta for £1 million.
Viduka: A cheap buy for Newcastle as they bring in the Italian, who has played once for Italy U-21s. Shearer has already loaned him out to Charlton Athletic to give him a feel of first team football within England. Great potential and keep an eye out for this kid.
Mounir El Hamdaoui, 29, returns to England having previously played for Tottenham in 2005-2006. He cost Newcastle £1.6 million from Fiorentina.
Viduka: Decent player for a good fee. However, I think he will only be backup to 'Super Sub' Gabby Agbonlahor. He knows the English game having been at Tottenham in 2005-2006. They loaned him out to Derby County.
Joaquín, 31, joins Newcastle from Fiorentina for £2.8 million.
Viduka: The player has been capped 51 times by world champions Spain, but unless Shearer changes the tactics to accommodate him, he won't be used. However I am led to believe that chairman Mike Ashley took charge of transfer proceedings in this case.
Rating: 5/10 because of the fact that he won't get games unless the formation changes.
Italian center back Marco Capuano, 21, joins for £3.4 million from Serie B side Pescara.
Viduka: He is highly rated and with him Astori and Santon, possibly being part of the back four, the Italians could form a great partnership.
The final signing of the winter is English midfielder Tom Cleverley who joins Newcastle from Manchester United for £10.5 million.
Viduka: The 23 year old central midfielder looks set to replace injured Ivorian Cheick Tiote. He played 35 times for Manchester United and was held in high regard by their supporters so for the fee of £10.5 million, it looks like a great buy for Newcastle.
That's all the transfers for this season. Join me, Mark Viduka next season as we analyze any transfers that Newcastle make. Until then, goodbye.