The Newcastle United Blog | Howe pledges to only add players who will be committed to the club
Newcastle could be forced to turn to the loan market for new signings according to a new report from Mark Douglas with inews. Douglas has verified reports that Newcastle are interested in Chelsea trio Conor Gallagher, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Armando Broja.
Tuchel is yet to make a decision on the line-up with Hudson-Odoi not part of the squad that beat Everton 1-0 last weekend. Broja replaced Kai Havertz in the second half while Gallagher made his debut, but only for a few minutes.
Douglas reckons Eddie Howe only has around £20-30million to work with, making another permanent addition difficult in this window. He backs claims that Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos has increased the shortlist. Although it does not say that an offer is being prepared.
Some recent comments from Eddie Howe suggest he will screen any potential tenant to ensure their full commitment saying:
“The structure of the transfer doesn’t matter to me, it’s about the individual.
“Matt Targett arrived on loan but committed to everything and felt like a Newcastle player from day one.
“Another individual’s character may be different and you feel like they’re only there for a set amount of time and then they’ll move on. I would be hesitant to do those types of transfers, so it all depends on the person and their commitment to the club and the team.
“It’s a feeling you get talking to them and the agent. You will feel the player’s engagement very early on. If you are going to sign a player, he must be committed to your club.
Targett arrived with an option to buy and was therefore effectively playing for a future at the club. Gallagher and Broja would likely only arrive on a direct loan, although they were both fully committed during spells with Crystal Palace and Southampton respectively last season.
Hudson-Odoi has never been loaned out but is fighting to get his first promise back. He would be a great addition on loan and perhaps Newcastle could get an option to buy included as he appears to be out of Tuchel’s pocket.