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Newcastle United January transfer budget under FFP regulations: how does it compare to the top Premier League clubs?



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With Newcastle sitting in 19th position, winless and in desperate need of improvement on the pitch, it seems that substantial January investment is required to prevent the club heading towards the Championship. 

The Saudi-led takeover of United last month has given the club a much-needed economic boost as fans were given hope for the first time since Mike Ashley’s 14 year stewardship.

The Magpies, who are without a win in their first eleven games of the season, will hope that the investment from new owners can help attract a fresh group of talented players to bring a change of fortunes to St. James’ Park.

But under FFP regulations, just how much will Newcastle be able to spend?

Interestingly Mike Ashley’s previous lack of investment has given the new owners wriggle room to invest heavily in January. However, the damage may have already been done as Newcastle stare down the barrel of relegation. 

According to reports in the Mail Online from football finance lecturer Kieran Maguire, Eddie Howe’s side have the potential to become amongst the Premier League’s biggest spenders in the next few transfer windows – with funds of up to £166m available in January.

This projection puts Newcastle in the top 7 in terms of transfer budget and means they could spend as much as the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

While it’s improbable they will spend the full amounts, there’s no doubt that significant recruitment is needed for the Geordies to retain their Premier League status come the end of the season.

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Amanda Stavely revealed earlier this week that despite January not being a window the club’s new owners would tend to do business, it’s imperative that Newcastle invest heavily to improve the squad that has struggled for any form of momentum so far this campaign. 

She said:

“Its not a window that we would ordinarily want to invest in, because you probably don’t get the right deals, but that’s something that is important at the moment and preparing for that.”

The club became the richest in the world following the PIF takeover which saw Jamie Reuben and Stavely joining together alongside Saudi Arabian investment to eventually buy the Toon and restore hope back into the city. 

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By the time January comes along, Howe’s team will have played over half of their matches and given the appalling start to the season so far, change is needed and fast.

The Magpies sit five points adrift in 19th and with a challenging Christmas period rapidly approaching they need to pick up some points in the next four games. Starting with a victory at home against Premier League new boys Brentford next Saturday.

Planning for the typically challenging January window has already started but new manager Eddie Howe is fully focused on the nine games before New Year’s Day claiming “the last thing I want to think about is January.”

However, the new man later added he “wouldn’t say it’s not in my thoughts at all’ highlighting the importance of a good window for the Geordies. 

Newcastle continue their preparation next week for the visit of Brentford as Howe takes charge of his first game. 

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Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.



Eddie Howe Wants to Keep Two Out of Contract Players this Summer.

Newcastle United boss wants to extend the contracts of two players before losing them.

Eddie Howe has expressed in a recent fan Q&A his intentions to keep two out of contract players this summer, Loris Karius and Paul Dummett, according to the Athletic’s Chris Waugh, with both players current contracts set to end this summer.

6 players are currently set to become out of contract come June 1st, Loris Karius, Paul Dummet, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Matty Longstaff and Ciaran Clark. However, it is only Karius and Dummett that appear to be safe of getting the chop.

Loris Karius has spent this season as Newcastle United’s third choice keeper, with only one appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup Final. Despite the loss, Karius did little wrong and contributed some wonderful saves late on in that game.

Paul Dummett has had the same treatment, with only one appearance coming his way, a Carabao Cup tie in the second round against Tranmere Rovers back in August. The 31-year-old Welshman is an experienced head and will no doubt have great respect within the dressing room having signed for the club back in 2012 making 205 appearances in that time.

Both players can expect new contracts from Eddie Howe as he has made it known that he wants them both to remain at the club next season.


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Top 10 Free Transfers NUFC Could Sign This Summer



Newcastle United Free Transfers - top 10 Summer 2023

10 players Eddie Howe could look towards with contracts expiring at the end of this season.

The free agent’s market is the absolute cheat code for clubs across the board, being able to avoid the rising transfer fees and getting players through the door through verbal agreements makes life much easier for clubs during the transfer window.

We have compiled a list of 10 free transfers NUFC could sign this summer from Europe’s top five leagues giving them a rating of the potential of them signing and the impact they would have.


  1. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

The 29-year-old full back has his contract expiring this summer and with NUFC already being hinted at as his potential new club, this one is worth keeping an eye on over the next few months. He would slot straight in at left-back to have healthy competition for fan favourite Dan Burn and add a burst of class and pace to that left hand side. The Portugal international already has an impressive CV and would be looking to show that off to the St. James faithful.

Potential – A

Impact – A


  1. Yerry Mina (Everton)

With Everton potentially facing the drop this season, a jump from Merseyside to Newcastle could suit the centre back to a T. The 28-year-old Columbian international would add to NUFC’s already in form back line and bring some South American heat as they look to progress further next season. Mina possesses dominance, aggression, and a great ariel threat and would be a top addition to the magpies this summer.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Jonathan Bamba (Lille)

An explosive winger who made his name known as Lille snatched the league title in 2021 in France, the 26-year-old is still yet to receive a contract extension from the club and could be looking elsewhere in the summer. Adding pace, flair, and drive to an already exciting front three for NUFC could be what fans need going into next season.

Potential – C

Impact – A


  1. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City)

Reportedly being close to leaving in the summer window of 2022, Youri Tielemans would be a fine addition to NUFC’s midfield being able to operate in a slightly deeper role to allow Bruno to push further up the field and do what he does best. The 25-year-old has his contract expiring this summer and with him and James Maddison already being linked to the club, this transfer seems to make so much more sense and would add heaps of quality to the centre of the field.

Potential – B

Impact – A


  1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Drive, power, and flair are the 3 best words to describe Crystal Palace star man Wilfried Zaha. The 30-year-old could be looking to depart his beloved club in the hope for European football next season and NUFC could be just the place for him. Being able to operate either on the left or down the middle, Zaha would thrive under Eddie Howe and be a fantastic addition to the front line.

Potential – B

Impact – A

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Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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