Sky sports news Reporter Keith Downie looks at Newcastle United’s summer transfer strategy and explains why innings have been much less frequent after a high-spending winter window.
Have Newcastle been quieter in the market than expected?
“I think most people looking at Newcastle this summer after what they did in January would expect them to spend huge amounts of money.
“But Eddie Howe has been saying for weeks that it’s going to be very, very difficult to keep throwing money around like they did in January and the main reason for this is the fair play financial constraints the club is dealing with.
“That will change over time, but right now it’s quite difficult to spend the amount of money that owners would probably want to spend and probably want to spend.”
Why haven’t more players arrived?
“I think there are certain players who have chosen to go elsewhere. Newcastle spent a lot of time and effort trying to sign Hugo Ekitike. Instead, he chose to go to Paris Saint-Germain.
“Eddie Howe wants a certain type of character, it’s the first thing he looks at and I think it feels like in the area that they’re looking at now, which is the attacking department and the winger, there’s not a lot of choice as to who it would be.” he wants to bring.
“He doesn’t want to bring someone in for the sake of it, so you put all that together and I think it’s proving quite difficult. His budget is probably around £80-90m.”
“They have already spent around £55m on Sven Botman, Nick Pope and Matt Targett. So they have already spent a large part.
“They are trying to deal with Financial Fair Play regulations and as most clubs are seeing, it is difficult to add in this window, particularly in the forward department.
“There’s still money to spend and I hope they make one, maybe two more signings before the end of the month.”
Has Newcastle’s pursuit of Maddison cooled?
“Yes, he has. Newcastle have made the two offers that we’ve been reporting on. It’s surprising, I must say, because Maddison mostly operates in that No. 10 role and since Howe came in, his team plays a strict 4-3. – 3 formation.
“So it’s hard to see how Maddison will fit into that. Those two offers have been put forward, both have been rejected, but I think a £50m offer would make Leicester sit up and think.”
“Whether Newcastle can go to that on the budget I’ve already alluded to, I’m not too sure. I’d be surprised if he ends up with a Newcastle shirt at the end of this transfer window.”
What about Newcastle’s other goals?
“Moussa Diaby turned out to be too expensive and decided to stay at Bayer Leverkusen.
“Maxwel Cornet, I think he was on the list too, but of course now he’s signed for West Ham. I don’t think Newcastle would want to pay the full £17.5m release clause for him up front, they would have preferred to pay “. It is in installments.
“Jack Harrison is another. I understand Newcastle were interested, but it was something Leeds didn’t want to entertain at all. That could be one they try to revisit.”
“Eddie Howe has quite a long list in terms of targets. However, the longer he goes on, I think Newcastle could get into the loan market and obviously that would also help with the financial situation.”