Newcastle in a hurry as Eddie Howe calls for precise transfer plan from new owners

Newcastle fans 'paying tribute' to Saudi owners says reporter

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has accepted that the January transfer window will be crucial to the club’s survival hopes heading into the New Year. Newcastle grabbed their first victory of the season earlier this month with Callum Wilson scoring in a 1-0 win over Burnley.

But a tough run of fixtures since then has seen Newcastle record three consecutive defeats.

They sit 19th in the table heading into Monday night’s match at home to Manchester United.

Despite their poor form, Newcastle are only one win away from climbing out of the relegation zone.

All eyes will be on what Newcastle do in the January transfer window though with the club’s new owners given their first opportunity to spend.

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The Saudi-led consortium have billions in the bank and reports at the time of their takeover indicated there would be immediate financial support.

Fans began dreaming of signings like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

For now, Newcastle will struggle to convince such players of a move to St James’ Park with relegation a real threat.

But they still are expected to do plenty of business in the New Year with Keiran Trippier among those being strongly linked.


Howe though admits that time is against Newcastle to get exactly what they want in the January window.

“Of course ideally you’d want to utilise every day that you have,” Howe said.

“Certainly, from our perspective, we know we’re in a hurry, we’re not sat back thinking we’ve got all the time in the world.

“That’s not where we are in our current position. Every day matters.

“In saying that, you don’t control a lot of those factors, the players and the clubs and sometimes the agents control the speed of things.

“We’re well aware of what we need to do, but as I say, doing it is another thing and it’s very complex.”

There have also been suggestions that Newcastle could look to sign former Red Devils forward Odion Ighalo.

And Burnley’s James Tarkowski is also said to be an option for the Magpies.

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