Date: 2nd June 2018 at 4:58pm
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Graham Carr reportedly said would never spend a fee of a single player upwards of £15million while he owned Newcastle United – and fans have taken to to express their dissatisfaction.

Chronicle football editor Mark , writing in a column for the newspaper, claimed that ex-recruitment chief Carr abandoned recommending footballers around or above that valuation because they always fell on deaf ears with the Ashley regime.

“He would put players into the board that would cost more than £15million but soon realised that there was no real will to go out and get them,” Douglas explained.

Newcastle missed out on signing such top forwards from their previous favourite hunting ground such as on two occasions, Michy Batshuayi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and , even though all were said to be keen to make the move to St James’ Park.

Carr snapped up some bargains from the French league during his seven-year spell as chief scout that came to an end last summer when he mutually agreed with Newcastle to quit.

But it appears there was an unspoken order from on high to avoid recommending players who came close to smashing the club transfer record set with the £16.8million signing of Michael Owen from Real Madrid 13 years ago.

Newcastle supporters are disappointed that Ashley has been so cautious in the transfer market, with one claiming it was the obvious reason for why Rafael has yet to commit to a new contract.

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