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Newcastle: Eddie Howe speaks out on transfer plans

Newcastle: Eddie Howe speaks out on transfer plans -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has said that the Magpies are still looking to bring in “one or two players” in the summer transfer window.

The Lowdown: Quiet summer so far

Following a £105m January splurge in the first transfer window under PIF’s ownership, the Tynesiders have been relatively quiet so far this summer, with just two new faces through the door and Matt Targett’s loan move being made permanent.

The Chronicle‘s Lee Ryder has stated that a winger and a striker will be the priority positions for the rest of the summer transfer window, with sporting director Dan Ashworth joining the first-team squad in Austria to get a firsthand look at what business might still need to be done over the next few weeks.

The Latest: Howe looking at more signings

Speaking after the pre-season friendly win over 1860 Munich, Howe gave some insight into Newcastle’s transfer plans for the summer window, casting a wide net as to the possibility of new signings and hinting that the Magpies’ market activity is far from finished.

The 44-year-old said [via The Chronicle]: “I think we are looking at players, not necessarily one area of the team. I think you have to be adaptable. If we can’t find the right player I might have to look at other positions. Certainly, we are looking at one or two players that could make the difference.”

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The Verdict: Forwards must be the priority

It should be encouraging for the Toon Army to hear that Howe is keeping his options open rather than pigeon-holing the club’s plans into a couple of positions, and that the club are actively seeking to bring in some game-changing new arrivals.

Having strengthened their goalkeeping and defensive ranks since the end of last season, a centre-forward and a winger ought to be the priorities until the end of August.

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There is currently a dearth of options out wide, while neither Chris Wood (two goals in 16 games) nor Dwight Gayle (one goal in 26 league games since August 2020) would appear to be the most reliable backup to target man Callum Wilson, who endured his share of injury troubles last season.

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