Newcastle away kit ‘leaked’ and fans notice Saudi Arabia influence

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An image believed to be of Newcastle United's away kit for next season has been 'leaked' – and fans have been quick to point out the influence from the club's new owners.

Eddie Howe's side have enjoyed a remarkable revival since the turn of the year, and their top-flight status was guaranteed following Leeds' defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday night. Aided by a January spend in excess of £90million, the Magpies are now in pursuit of an unlikely top-ten finish with two matches remaining.

The takeover last October transformed the club's ambitions overnight, with the consortium backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund expected to invest significantly in the coming seasons. Speculation has linked a host of Europe's elite stars with a St James' Park switch, although Howe has been consistent in the stressing the message of evolution over revolution when it comes to the club's transfer business.

Newcastle's takeover has been subject to scrutiny and criticism since the deal was finally given the green light by the Premier League, due to Saudi Arabi's poor human rights record. Amnesty International condemned the deal, while Howe was forced to face questions on mass executions in the kingdom in March.

Newcastle travelled to Jeddah for a week-long warm-weather training camp in January, and the kit for Saudi Arabian national side likely had an influence on the 'leaked' design for the next Magpies away strip. The pictures shared on social media show a white shirt with a dark-green Castore logo, Newcastle badge and trim.

The design drew an inevitably mixed response from fans, with the similarity in design to the Saudi Arabia kit picked up on by numerous users. No official announcement has been made by Newcastle at this stage with regards to next season's shirt designs, although the MailOnline claim the leaked design is legitimate.

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Howe addressed the upcoming transfer window in his pre-match press conference on Thursday night, saying: "FFP does impact what we can do in the summer but it doesn't mean we're totally without ambition. We're well aware that we have to change the squad and we have to make improvements but it's going to be a difficult balance.

"We've sat down and discussed the squad and I think we have a very good vision of where we want to take the team. Now the hard part comes where you have to reshape the squad, both ins and outs, and try to come back with a better squad."

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