Eddie Howe has revealed Newcastle United are still hoping to sign a “player who can make a difference”.
What’s the latest Newcastle United transfer news?
While its important to remember Newcastle have already signed three players this summer, it’s looked like a difficult window.
A loan bid for Armando Broja has been rejected by Chelsea and although the club are keen on a move for Everton’s Anthony Gordon, other interested parties have rarely felt confident those at Goodison Park would risk a fan backlash and sell one of their most popular players.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the asking prices of both Alexander Isak and Moussa Diaby have proven prohibitive as the club continue to baulk at the inflated demands.
Howe is believed to want to sign up to two more attacking players this summer, with the need to strengthen in forward areas obvious even towards the back end of last season.
Chris Wood might be more important to the team than just his goals, but a record of 2 in 17 games is just not strong enough to warrant being the only back-up to an injury-prone Callum Wilson.
What did Howe say about Newcastle’s transfer business?
Speaking after Friday’s pre-season friendly win over 1860 Munich, Howe said (via Craig Hope): “We are keen to add strength to certain areas.
“It remains to be seen whether we can get a deal done. It’s a difficult window, a difficult market, high prices & very limited availability. I’m sure we can hopefully a land a player who can make a difference.’
Who else are Newcastle targeting?
Aside from the names already mentioned, Leeds United’s Jack Harrison continues to be linked, along with Chelsea’s versatile Callum Hudson-Odoi, although NBN have been told there is a feeling in west London that the 21-year-old’s personal terms will likely be difficult to match.