Eddie Howe has given his press briefing ahead of today’s friendly against Al-Ittihad. The exciting news is he has confirmed, though not named, his potential third signing of this window saying:
“We are hopeful we’re getting closer to completing a transfer for a player.
“We’ll try and give you that update as soon as we have it but fingers crossed we’re close to getting one over the line.
“From my perspective, I don’t imagine that would be the end of our interest in bringing new players in.
“Whether that turns into reality, who knows. It can be quite unpredictable in the last couple of days. We’re open and we’re working hard to improve the squad.”
Howe was most likely referencing Lyon playmaker Bruno Guimaraes who is undergoing a medical in Brazil ahead of a £33m move plus a sizeable bonus should the club avoid relegation this season.
This breakthrough comes after two weeks of frustration in the window. After signing Kieren Trippier and Chris Wood over the first two weeks of the window, it’s been nothing but deep disappointment since.
Howe is also not revealing who in the squad will make way for the new signings. Though the club have a mammoth task in that regard ahead of them.
“It all depends on incomings. We’ll make the right decisions on that closer to the window shutting when we know where we are.
“We have to get that balance right, especially with the younger players, but the majority of the squad will stay intact.”
Howe has also provided some positive news on injuries. Newcastle flew to Saudi Arabia after last Saturday’s monumental 1-0 win at Leeds for some warm weather training. The win was punitive as Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, and Joelinton were forced off with injuries.
Ryan Fraser was also hobbled but soldiered on to see out the match. It appears that injuries to the quartet are not serious with Fraser and Lascelles back in training. Dummett and Joelinton are very close to joining them.
Howe has also revealed that Federico Fernandez has returned to light training but is still some ways away. Here is the head coach’s update per Newcastle’s Twitter account:
“Fede is back running with physios but he’s not training so he’s still some way away.
“Jamaal Lascelles has trained this week so that’s a positive.
“Joelinton and Paul Dummett haven’t trained but we don’t think their injuries are too serious.”