Newcastle fans 'paying tribute' to Saudi owners says reporter
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Newcastle have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the January transfer window with the club’s recruitment team forced to ‘hastily redraw’ what they had planned. The January window presents the club’s new owners with their first chance to heavily invest in the playing squad.
With a vast fortune now available to Eddie Howe in the transfer market, they’re expected to heavily recruit in a bid to fend off relegation.
Keiran Trippier is being widely tipped to be the club’s first new signing, which could come as early as next week.
But Callum Wilson’s injury in the impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester United earlier this week has caused some concern among club officials.
It’s been reported that Wilson could face several months out with the calf injury he sustained in the first half.
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A striker was already on Newcastle’s wishlist to provide competition for Wilson but his injury has made it even more imperative to bring someone in.
Howe has indicated previously that he would prefer to bring in players with Premier League experience.
But, according to the Northern Echo, Newcastle have informed their manager that a replacement for Wilson will have to come from abroad.
January transfer plans have been ‘hastily redrawn’ with the club fearing an ‘impossible’ task in signing a top striker from the Premier League.
The most likely scenario is said to be signing someone from the European market on a season-long loan.
Newcastle’s precarious position in the league table may also present some challenges in the market.
Howe recently accepted that Newcastle are “in a hurry” to make every day count in the January transfer market.
“From our perspective, we know we are in a hurry,” Howe said.
“We need to utilise every day that we have.”
“We are not sat back thinking we have all the time in the world — every day matters.
”Saying that, we don’t control a lot of these matters. Often the players, clubs, agents control these matters and the speed of things.”
“We are well aware of what we need to do but doing it is a whole different matter.”
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