Eddie Howe admits changing ‘narrative’ behind failed Newcastle bids having positive effect

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Eddie Howe Newcastle United 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: PA Images
Eddie Howe Newcastle United 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: PA Images

Eddie Howe admits it is now tough for Newcastle to do transfer business domestically as rivals clubs are unwilling to do them any ‘favours’.

The Magpies are now seen as one of the ‘big-hitters’ of the English game after last year’s Saudi-backed takeover. Years of austerity have been replaced by sizeable transfer funds and the north-east outfit spent in excess of £120m during the summer window. They also added a number of players during last winter.

That has given Howe a squad capable of making a splash in the Premier League. But the Tynesiders also missed out on a few targets before the window closed on Thursday night.

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison was a known high-profile target. And reports claim that Newcastle offered in excess of £40m for the England international schemer.

However, the Foxes refused to play ball and the former Norwich City man remains at King Power Stadium. And Howe feels clubs are upping their asking fee when the St James’ Park outfit come calling.

“That was definitely something we felt in the market,” he told reporters. “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.

“We have certainly found there is no one there ready to do us a favour. It’s the narrative regarding us that has changed.

“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.”

Howe refusing to pay over the odds

Premier League clubs spent big during the summer. The Magpies made four signings themselves, with Alexander Isaak, Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope all arriving.

They forked out sums only dreamt of during the Mike Ashley era. But fans may have expected to see another couple of big-name stars in the side this term.

However, it seems as though the cash-rich outfit is not prepared to be made fools of when it comes to players’ price tags. And that has served to galvanise the squad.

“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,” added Howe. “I think it has to be fair. There is a real feeling of us internally knowing we are against everybody else.

“That is healthy and I would embrace that. I would say we couldn’t be more together at the moment.”

The Magpies currently sit 12th in the table, with just one defeat from their first five games. They lost 2-1 to Liverpool as the Reds scored the winner deep into stoppage time on Wednesday night.

Despite the loss, it is clear just how much the side has improved under Howe and expectations are now high. The next test comes on Saturday when Crystal Palace are the visitors and Newcastle look for win number two.

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