Despite being very pleased with Newcastle’s summer business, Eddie Howe was keen on adding more faces to his squad in the final days of the window. There was a last-ditch attempt to bring in West Ham’s right-back Harrison Ashby on deadline day as cover for the injured Emil Krafth.
The loan market was also scoured with Howe admitting domestic clubs were reluctant to do business with the rising Magpies. Here is what Howe said after the window closed:
“We are against everyone else. Domestic clubs didn’t want to be seen to be helping us.
“We’ll have to take that, that is part of where we are at the moment. I think we have certainly found there is no one there, ready to do us a favor.
“It’s the narrative regarding us that has changed. I think if there is anything domestically teams will put their price up if it is Newcastle.
“That is the same around the world, that is something we are having to deal with.
“That is why we have walked away from a few deals because I think it is important we are not seen as that club that will pay what is asked. I think it has to be fair.”
Fabrizio Romano has named Christian Pulisic as one of the domestic players Howe was keen on bringing in on loan. However, the move was blocked by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.
This is what the transfer guru told the Que Golazo podcast (which can be seen below):
“Strong interest from Newcastle. Newcastle were obsessed with Christian. They wanted him. But they wanted him on loan and not on a permanent deal. They wanted him on loan, maybe with a buy option, not mandatory. And this is why Chelsea decided to say no.”
Pulisic was forced to remain at Stamford Bridge but was reportedly furious at potential moves being blocked. With Thomas Tuchel recently being sacked, the American may find more opportunities under new manager Graham Potter.
If not, Pulisic may be targeted in the January window. A loan with an option to buy could be beneficial for both parties. The 24-year-old was just a late substitute in Potter’s debut, a 1-1 draw at home to RB Salzburg in the Champions League.