Eddie Howe weighs in on Newcastle landing Neymar and Ronaldo

Mike Ashley ran out of Saint James Park, handing over the keys to the PCP Capital Partners, RB Sports & Media (Reuben brothers) and the Saudi Arabia state-run Public Investment Fund (PIF). They have been linked with top stars in the beautiful game but have been hesitant in bringing them to Tyneside.

Their initial forays in the transfer market has seen them acquire the services of Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman, Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon. Newcastle are on the cusp of Champions League qualification and the rumour mill has gone into full frenzy.

Cristiano Ronaldo departed Old Trafford in acrimonious conditions less than six months back but is linked with a move to the Premier League. Neymar Jr is entering that phase of his contract where he can be acquired relatively cheaply. Saint James Park will host Europe’s elite next year and the duo can be enticed to be a part of the roster.

Not everyone can become a Magpie

Eddie Howe is aware of the transfer speculations about Newcastle United and has addressed them. Hailing CR7 and Neymar as ‘unbelievable players’, the former Bournemouth manager has distanced the Magpies from them.

Newcastle’s direction is agreed upon and it does not include flashy signings as stop-gap measures. Their success has brought them under the microscope and attention. Big names players will be coming to Newcastle but not right now. As of now, they will be conducting their business while staying within their financial limits.

“That kind of speculation has been there from day one since the takeover, really. Naturally everyone has then assumed the biggest names in world football will be going to Newcastle.

“Now we’ve not recruited that way. Financially, we can’t recruit that way at the moment, but also we have to bring the right people and the right players into the group.

“I will say the transfer market is such a complex decision, you can’t just pick a name and bring them in. There’s got to be a lot of thought going into what we’re doing both financially and looking at the players.

“Those two players are unbelievable players. We are linked with different names.

“I know what direction I want to take the team in and what we can and can’t do in the transfer market.”

Newcastle’s transfer plans explained

Howe made Bournemouth Premier League mainstays and parted company after overseeing their relegation to the Championship. His player recruitment strategy is fixed in stone, bringing players of potential and nurturing them in realizing their abilities.

At Saint James Park, Howe is adhering to the same principles. The 45-year-old wants players who have not yet ‘exploded’ or want exorbitant fees. Affordability is a major criterion for Newcastle United as they want to remain within UEFA’s UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations (FFP).

“It is best to discover them before they explode onto the world scene.

“We could not be able to come close to affording those players as they are the best players in the world.

“We are never going to be in a position currently to afford those transfer fees and wages, so we need to go underneath and find them young and develop them into the players they can be.”

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