Eddie Howe confirms Newcastle’s desire for ‘marquee signings’


Eddie Howe, the manager of Newcastle United, has acknowledged that he would support making “marquee signings” this summer, and various news outlets are reporting that the club’s owners intend to spend heavily in the transfer market.

Despite spending a quarter of a billion pounds since he joined the club in late 2021, Howe has long argued that Newcastle must still be prudent with their money, and he has led them into the Champions League in his first season in charge.

The principal shareholder of the club, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, was revealed by various news outlets earlier this month to be willing to spend lavishly. They plan to contribute big sums of money and are interested in significant transactions.

In addition to qualifying for Europe, Newcastle is expected to announce some significant sponsorships this summer, giving them the opportunity to compete for top players throughout the world in the transfer market.

According to a recent rumor, PIF has identified Neymar as a potential signing. This is due in part to Newcastle’s need for a left-sided attacker as well as Neymar’s standing in the game.

Howe has now acknowledged that he would approve recruitment of players like Neymar and other A-list athletes.

Howe was questioned about if “marquee” transfers would be on his summer wish list before Newcastle’s final match against Chelsea on Sunday.

“Yes, there would be players we’d love to bring in that would be classified in that bracket, I’m sure,” he replied.

“For me, it’s more about the role they can fulfil in the team – whether that’s viewed positively or as a marquee signing, then great.

“I’m not in my mind thinking, ‘We have to have one of those players that ticks that box for the supporters’. As much as I’d love to do that, it’s about finding the right player in the right position who I think makes us better.”

Howe added: “Unfortunately players don’t come cheap, especially good players. Yes, we are going to have to spend a certain amount of money. How much that is, I don’t know.

“I still don’t know what my budget is at this moment in time, but there will have to be some expenditure. It will have to be controlled. It will have to be under FFP restrictions, which we have worked under and will continue to work under. They are definitely impacting us and what we will be able to do.”

Howe emphasized that even if his team has grown, he won’t be getting rid of the existing talents who have propelled them into the top four.

“Dan [Ashworth, director of football] has made the point to me about trading being an important part of our future. That does not necessarily mean selling your best players, but trading with FFP rules can be a good thing for your finances,” he continued.

“The club will also be very keen to protect their assets and be ahead of the curve in terms of contract length and make sure we’re in a strong position, but also recognising players who have done well and rewarding them for their performances.”

Newcastle, according to recent reports, is considering adding up to six new players to fill a variety of positions. They are seeking to improve in a number of positions, including two attackers, a left back, a holding midfielder, and a right-sided center-half.

On Newcastle’s summer shortlist, James Maddison and Scott McTominay are just two names that are highly regarded.

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