It looks like Newcastle fans should not expect too much to happen in the transfer market until late summer.
Tom Cleverley – loan target for Newcastle
Only Birmingham City and Everton, who signed former Newcastle target Jermaine Beckford yesterday, have done any business so far this summer.
And it seems like Newcastle will not do any transfer business at all until the players return form their summer holidays in early July, and it could even be the end of next month before moves are made for players.
So that seems to rule out any move for Rangers’ striker Kris Boyd, although the player himself is reported to be keen to join the Tyneside club.
Hughton will attempt to bring in new loan signings from some of the top English clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United, but there are also some new and rather complicated Premier League rules related to squad size and the make-up of the squads.
Premier clubs next season are required to register a senior squad of 25 players, with eight of them needing to be home-grown, which means they have come through the Newcastle Academy system.
Premier clubs can then add to their 25 man squads with another separate list of players – as many as they want – as long as the players are under 21.
Some of the complications of getting loan players is that clubs generally don’t make loan decisions on players until way into pre-season, after they have taken a good hard look at some of their younger players.
And Newcastle have already been told by Arsenal and the Red Devils that no decisions will be made until August on which players they will loan out.
That could be tricky for Chris to maneuver, with the possibility that loan deals may not be done until after the season has started, as happened with Danny Simpson last August.
But it would be good if Chris can get some free agents into Newcastle in July, because the players’ contracts run out at the end of June.
But this is shaping up as a potentially difficult transfer season for the Newcastle club.