Eddie Howe insists Newcastle will not be held for ransom for transfer

Eddie Howe has warned that Newcastle will not be held for ransom as they attempt to reduce their financial strength to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

He is backed by the spending power of the club’s new owner, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, having already spent around £37 million to secure the services of England defender Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Burnley. have done.

They know January’s signing comes at a premium – 30-year-old Wood’s release clause is said to be activated by a £25 million bid that has raised eyebrows in some quarters – but as they chase down their remaining goals, the main Coach Howe is adamant there is a point at which the answer must be ‘no’.

He said: “Absolutely, you have to be in that position. You have to draw a line in some situations and say, ‘No, we’re not going to pay that money’, otherwise where does the game go? I guess It goes to an uncomfortable place.

“It’s about the individual player and judging each position on individual merits, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”

Asked in January about the difficulty of getting value for money, Howe said: “Everybody knows very well that we are in the market for certain positions and then that demand drives up prices. In this we can not do anything.

“The window continues to surprise everyone, I guess. But you just have to live in that world. We needed players that we’ve recognized and managed to cross the line with.


Newcastle full-back Kieran Trippier made his debut against Cambridge last Saturday (Owen Humphries/PA)

“The cost of those players is uncomfortable, I’m sure, for everyone – it’s not talking about individual matters, it’s just the prices of football players in general – but this is the market we are in.”

Wood is in line to make his debut in Saturday’s essential league clash, with Trippier pulling on the shirt for the first time in last weekend’s humiliating 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by League One Cambridge with fellow struggling Watford. was taken.

The Magpies are currently two points behind the Hornets in 17th place and will overtake them with their second win of the campaign.

Off the pitch, work continues to recruit more reinforcements, with Sevilla defender Diego Carlos in the club’s sights.

Newcastle have a huge stretch in a lot of different ways, but I believe our league position is not one of them, so it is a very delicate mix.Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe

Howe declined to comment on the individuals – a stance that was extended to Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek amid reports he had been offered a loan to Newcastle – but acknowledged the task was proving daunting. Is.

He said: “It is a very complex situation. You have to agree deals with clubs that don’t want to sell in January – where we are now in world football, clubs are very reluctant to lose assets at this time of year.

“Players will have to join your fight to stay in the league and when they are at the top of their profession, it is not an easy sell.

“Newcastle has a huge stretch in a lot of different ways, but I believe our league position is not one of them, so it’s a very delicate mix.”