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Newcastle: Lee Ryder raises possibility of unnamed signing

Newcastle: Lee Ryder raises possibility of unnamed signing -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United may be working on an ambitious deal that’s ‘yet to make the press’, according to Chronicle Live journalist Lee Ryder.

The lowdown

Newcastle have made three additions to Eddie Howe’s squad so far this summer.

They’ve made Matt Targett’s loan move from Aston Villa permanent, signed goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley and, perhaps most notably, brought in centre-back Sven Botman from Lille.

That’s a total spend of £59.4million, and they still have around three weeks before their Premier League season opener against Nottingham Forest, and six until the transfer window closes.

The latest

In a Q&A, a supporter asked Ryder if any further incoming deals were at an advanced stage.

He says that all Newcastle’s negotiations he knows of are ‘active’ without being in the ‘concluding’ phase at the moment.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby, Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak and Chelsea frontman Armando Broja are named as players ‘still in with a shout of joining Newcastle’ before September.

But, ‘like any club with ambition’, Newcastle will have targets that aren’t yet in the public domain.

And Ryder believes that ‘one or two big moves’ in the upper echelons of the Premier League could have ‘a knock-on effect’ for the Magpies’ business.

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The verdict

It was previously reported that Newcastle would have somewhere between £60million and £80million to spend on new players this summer.

That would leave them with only £20.6million remaining at a maximum, but it’s worth noting that budget can theoretically be boosted by player sales.

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Newcastle have only negotiated one permanent exit so far this summer, with Freddie Woodman joining Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.

Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark have all left on initial loan deals.

So perhaps the focus for now might be generating funds by selling unwanted squad players, and inflating Howe’s spending power.

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