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The current state of play with Newcastle’s move for Ruben Neves


Newcastle United are currently leading the race to sign Ruben Neves as Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his midfield. 

The Magpies want to reinforce their midfield in the winter window following the ban of Sandro Tonali and Neves has been touted as an option after the 26-year-olds move to Saudi side Al-Hilal.

After an impressive spell at Wolves, Neves moved to the Saudi Pro League much to the surprise of the wider footballing world with the midfielder in the peak of his powers. But a move to the Premier League could be back on the cards with the northeast a potential destination.

According to Ben Jacobs of GIVEMESPORT, the Magpies remain keen on adding the deep-lying playmaker to their ranks and are ahead in the queue.

With PIF owning Newcastle and Al-Hilal, a move between the two sides would make sense and be straightforward for all parties.

However, Premier League clubs want to vote on banning loan moves between clubs owned by the same party, meaning a move for Neves would be impossible unless the move was permanent.

However, considering Everton’s recent FFP charge and points deduction, breaching spending rules would be at the bottom of the agenda for the owners and sporting director Dan Ashworth.

What would Ruben Neves bring to St James’ Park?

Having a midfielder who can sit in front of the defence and shield the backline while also dictating the pace of the game is essential for Newcastle.

Neves’ experience in playing within a disciplined, defensive system will suit Newcastle considering how they set up under Eddie Howe. Not only that, but the fast breaks forward will give Neves’ impressive range of passing plenty of opportunity to be exploited.

Whether a permanent move or loan move is on the cards, signing a player of Neves’ style is imperative this winter.

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