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Newcastle transfer news: Luke Edwards offers glimpse into summer plans

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Luke Edwards has provided some interesting insight as to Newcastle United’s transfer plans this summer. 

What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?

While Premier League safety is not yet guaranteed, excitement is building towards the summer.

It would take an almighty collapse from here to have Newcastle playing in the Championship next season, meaning the club can look forward to their first summer window under the PIF ownership.

With the January transfer window yielding big-name arrivals in the shape of Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes, it will be fascinating to see what calibre of player the club can bring in, should Eddie Howe keep his team in the division.

Who has been linked recently?

The major name to be linked – albeit very dubiously from Spanish sources Fichajes (via The Daily Mail) – is Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar.

Now, that does not seem at all realistic, for an awful lot of reasons. Firstly, the Brazilian is 30 and has barely enhanced his reputation since leaving Barcelona for the French capital, amid a lot of question marks about his application.

The idea of him leaving PSG, even if it hasn’t gone to plan, for Newcastle is outlandish at best.

Even if Newcastle’s owners did want a marquee addition in the manner of Robinho at Manchester City in 2008, there are surely better options.

Secondly, Howe was believed to be keen to keep the club’s wage structure in place during the January transfer window. Any move for Neymar – who is reportedly paid over £600k per week – would leave that in tatters.

What did Edwards say about Newcastle’s transfer plans?

Writing on Twitter to shoot down the bizarre rumour, The Daily Telegraph journalist offered some interesting insight.

“These stories are utterly ridiculous and anyone who has even a vague understanding of what plans are for the summer knows that. it will be largely like the winter.”

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