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Howe Claims Pool Of Targets Is Small As Recent Events Suggest It Could Be Dwindling

Eddie Howe vowed yesterday to not stop until a couple of attacking players are added to his squad. He made a sobering admission that the number of targets is now quite small.

Here is some of what Howe told Sky Sports on Tuesday:

“The pool of players we are looking at is actually quite small. It’s not a huge amount of names. That’s why the deals become difficult.”

The shortlist could be shrinking by the day as other clubs continue to siphon from Newcastle’s pool of targets. There are reports today on three of our targets that could be a cause for concern.

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that interest in RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko is increasing. Manchester United are contemplating a push to land the promising striker, who has been compared to Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, due to his size and pace.

Newcastle have yet to make a concerted push for Sesko. Though after his agent’s antics on Tyneside last month, local journalists confirmed the Slovenian was on our shortlist. Like many of our other targets, his price tag could be too lofty this summer.

Another striker whose price tag kept Newcastle at bay earlier in the window is Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Widely considered Howe’s preferred striker entering the summer, Everton’s valuation made bidding a pointless endeavor.

There were claims Newcastle would wait to make an offer until later in the window and see if Calvert-Lewin’s head was turned. However, that option may have been taken off the table with the news the striker has suffered yet another injury.

The Athletic’s Greg O’Keeffe is reporting Calvert-Lewin is in doubt for Everton’s season opener against Chelsea this weekend. From the tone of his article, it could be another significant injury for the 25-year-old.

One target that seems like a straightforward proposition is Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. Talks have been held on a structured deal that would surpass his £17.5m release clause. However, Newcastle went for Leicester’s James Maddison over the weekend.

West Ham are now leading the chase for the 25-year-old. With Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic now off the table as Juventus try to land the Serbian international, the Hammers have turned their attention to Cornet. Though they are also in the process of snapping up Lille’s excellent young midfielder Amadou Onana.

Newcastle could have some targets who haven’t hit the headlines just yet. The bid for Maddison came straight out of the blue over the weekend. Hopefully, the pool is a bit larger than Howe is letting on with some unknown gems waiting to be snapped up.

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257 comments so far

  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #241




    Register the H2H code on FPL before Friday 18:30 otherwise yer OOT

    Sorry for shouting folks.

  • carltoon

    Aug 4, 2022 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #242

    You’ve just woke me up!

  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #243

    See that the Yankee franchise are after Sesko for £30m.
    They must be worried and are back to the bad old habits of the slimy six hoovering up players to languish on their bench. He won’t meet De Jong there he’s given them the finger and wants to be at Chelsea. Ronaksi meanwhile stamps his foot and wants to be out.
    Must be dawning on them that City, Liverpool and now Chelsea and Spurs are bigger clubs that they are.
    Oh dear how sad.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #244

    Just to confuse you us Scots ask “where do you stay?”. Meaning where do you live not where are you staying on holiday or when vising?.

    Where do you stay?

  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #245


    Now you’re awake put the kettle on pet, ready for a brew. Just a drop of milk and no sugar for me.


  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #246

    Loch #243

    I’ll set my alarm clock earlier tomorrow so I can laugh at ManU for longer.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #247

    We even have our own dictionary!
    Have yerself a read


  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #248

    There should be some sort of time-out / locking device on FPL to stop you tinkering with your team every 10 minutes!

  • BenbulbenMag

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #249

    Wor B, nonsense you will have time for at least 100 more tinkers before the season kicks off in earnest

  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #250

    Just changed the WhatsApp group name for my match-day mates from ‘Doom’ to ‘A New Day’.

  • DrGloom

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #251


    Final League Position = 7th
    Final no. of points 64
    Goals Scored (Premiership)= 58
    League Cup round = 5
    FA Cup round = semis
    Player of the Season = Guimares
    Top goal scorer Callum Wilson
    No. of goals scored by TGS = 17

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #252

    ITUNDERASHELL That gave me a quantum of solace

  • dazzler

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #253


    Final League Position = 8th
    Final no. of points = 57
    Goals Scored (Premiership) = 50
    League Cup round = Quarters
    FA Cup round = Quarters
    Player of the Season = Bruno
    Top goal scorer = Wilson
    No. of goals scored by TGS = 14

  • gillmag

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #254

    Wor B
    Sorry but what’s the code and where do I register?

  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #255

    2 Stand-out players for me last season that I didn’t know much about until I saw them play at SJP were Cucurella and Bruno.

    Pretty sure Bruno will get 30+ starts this season if injury free.

    How many will Cucurella get at City?

  • Wor B

    Aug 4, 2022 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #256


    The code was sent to your email registered with this blog by Neil.

    Enter it on the FPL system for Ed Harrison’s H2H league 3…

    Start by clicking on the TAB ‘leagues and cups’ follow ‘invitational head-to-head leagues’ enter the code in the box when prompted.

    Check your spam folder if you can’t see Neil’s email in your inbox.

  • hibbit

    Aug 4, 2022 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #257

    many thanks Martoon

    Final League Position = 8th
    Final no. of points = 58
    Goals Scored (Premiership) = 56
    League Cup round = Winners
    FA Cup round = Quarters
    Player of the Season = Bruno
    Top goal scorer = Wilson ??
    No. of goals scored by TGS = 16

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