It seems that Dan Ashworth and his recruitment staff are doing a lot of work before the January transfer window opens, to ensure at least three new players come into the club to help out with the many games we have this season.
We have 10 players out with injuries right now but we reported yesterday that maybe four of those players could return against Chelsea on Saturday.
With the FFP situation Newcastle may want to bring only loan players in during the January window with maybe an option or an obligation to buy, so we don’t have to spend a lot of money in January.
We must keep within the FFP rules which we see Everton haven’t done, and both Chelsea and Manchester City have also been charged with not keeping within FFP rules.
Everton got a 10-point deduction for one charge that was proven and Manchester City have been charged with 115 charges of not keeping within the FFP rules.
We face Paris Saint Germaine in the Champions League on Tuesday 28th November – that’s a week tomorrow.
And it looks like we need a win in that game to keep our hopes alive of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
UEFA Champions League Group F
The news today is that Newcastle have rekindled their interest in striker Hugo Ekitike, who we were interested in early last year, but the youngster decided to join PSG instead in 2022.
But things have not gone well for the talented striker who stands 6ft 2ins tall and is still only 21 years old.
He was on loan in Paris for the 2022-2023 season and he played 32 games with 4 goals and 4 assists and the deal was made permanent in the summer for €28.5M plus €6.5M in bonuses.
It’s unlikely PSG will have to pay the bonuses since this season he has played only once for the side.
€28.5M is about £25M so that should be the most Newcastle will pay for the player in any permanent deal.
Newcastle want to negotiate a loan deal for Ekitike for a January move, with it possibly becoming permanent in the summer.
That’s what the Northern Echo are reporting – that Ekitike is again on Newcastle’s radar screen with a January loan deal with an option to buy next summer.
We have to believe that Eddie Howe still sees a good player in the 21-year-old, and as we all know Howe can resurrect players’ careers, which he has done with so many players at Newcastle.
This could be a good deal for Newcastle and a safe one because if he doesn’t perform tjis season on loan we don’t have to buy him next summer.
What do you think about this potential deal?