Newcastle United summer transfer window to go to the wire

The Newcastle United summer transfer window has now past the 62 day mark.

Today (11 August) is one of only 22 days remaining for NUFC to do business.

The window will close at 11pm on Thursday 1 September.

In my opinion, the Newcastle United summer transfer window is set to go right to the wire.

Newcastle fans were buoyed by the early action, with Matt Targett signed up even before the window actually opened. His permanent deal was swiftly followed by the captures of both Nick Pope and Sven Botman.

When Botman was unveiled on 1 July, that meant Newcastle were in the top few clubs in terms of spending, some £60m already and it was just 22 days into the window.

However, the next six weeks have been a barren wasteland, Hugo Ekitike choosing PSG over Newcastle, Leicester rejecting two offers for James Maddison, with the media claiming a cast of thousands in terms of supposed NUFC interest in alleged targets.

The net result is that Newcastle United are now in the bottom half of the Premier League (see below) when it comes to spending in this transfer window. Fulham completing the £16.7m move for Mikkel Damsgaard, taking their spending above the £73m mark.

Every chance as well that soon Newcastle will drop below other PL clubs, as the likes of Southampton, Everton, Aston Villa and Wolves are all within £14m or less of NUFC’s £60m total, so very likely that just one more deal for any of them would take Newcastle down one or more places.

Both inside and outside the Newcastle United fanbase, there have been questions about the perceived lack of spending by the ‘richest club in the world’ etc etc.

I think you just need to look at the January 2022 transfer window to settle any nerves. Trippier and Wood arrived early in the window so they could influence those Premier League matches in January as well as beyond. However, Bruno Guimaraes was only officially unveiled on 30 January, then Dan Burn and Matt Targett were deadline day signings 24 hours later.

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I have zero doubt that the recruitment plan at St James’ Park is now being run on the most professional basis, numerous targets identified and plans B, C, D etc.

Back in January, there were lengthy chases for both Botman and Carlos, numerous left-back targets were claimed. Yet in the end it was Burn and Targett on deadline day…and what superb signings they proved to be.

Yes, we would all love to have Paqueta, Maddison, Diaby, whoever you want to name, already bought up and ready to play now, but transfer windows are like this. Only the fools pay whatever other clubs are asking for every target, plus you have the complication of trying to sign Champions League / European competition level players, without current being able to offer them…Champions League / European competition football.

I have no doubt that we will see a couple of attacking options added who will enhance this Newcastle United team and squad, just a question of seeing who it will be. It may well be right down to the wire and it indeed may well be not the players who Newcastle fans were generally hoping for. However, I think we now have the trust surely that any signings won’t be made just for the sake of  making some, that even if they weren’t first choice targets, players who come in will be credible additions.

I think it was always going to be the case that at least one of these attacking additions would be on loan initially and I am even more certain of that now. A lot of high level loan deals tend not to happen until  the very late stages, when the clubs at the top are sure of what their final squads are and of course if they haven’t been able to sell some players who then end up going out on loan instead.

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Eddie Howe will also have the benefit of the opening games to see how his team / squad is shaping up, already the win against Forest, by the time we get to the end of Sunday 28 August, Howe will also have seen his team take on Brighton, Man City and Wolves (as well as Tranmere in the League Cup).

It is Liverpool away on the eve (Wednesday 31 August) of deadline day, by which time you would assume any remaining NUFC signings will have either been completed or in the very final stages.

If Newcastle were ‘forced’ to go into the rest of these 2022 Premier League matches with ‘only’ the current players available, I wouldn’t be losing any sleep.

However, extra quality attacking options would undoubtedly give us all a boost and as I say, I am absolutely confident they will happen…because I have absolute confidence in the likes of Eddie Howe and Dan Ashworth.

This gives us the following breakdown of all 20 Premier League clubs up to and including 10 August 2022, total money spent so far:

£175m Chelsea (Kalidou Koulibaly £33m, Raheem Sterling £50m, Marc Cucurella £60m, Carney Chukwuemeka £20m, Gabriel Slolina £12m)

£127m Man Utd (Tyrell Malacia £13m, Lisandro Martinez £57m, Christian Eriksen free, Lisandro Martinez £57m)

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£119.7m Arsenal (Matt Turner £7.5m, Marquinhos £3m, Fabio Viera £34.2m, Gabriel Jesus £45m, Oleksandr Zinchenko £30m)

£105m Tottenham (Fraser Forster Free, Ivan Perisic Free, Yves Bissouma £25m, Richarlison £60m, Clement Lenglet Loan, Djed Spence £20m)

£100.5m West Ham (Nayef Aguerd £30m, Alphonse Areola £10.5m, Flynn Downes £12m, Maxwel Cornet £17.5m, Gianluca Scamacca £30.5m)

£96m Man City (Erling Haaland £51m, Stefan Ortega Moreno free, Kalvin Phillips £45m)

£91m Leeds (Brenden Aaronson £25m, Marc Roca £10m, Rasmus Kristensen £10m, Luis Sinisterra £21m, Tyler Adams £20m, Darko Gyabi £5m, Sonny Perkins free)

£76.2m Nottingham Forest (Taiwo Awoniyi £17m, Dean Henderson loan, Moussa Niakhate £13m, Giulian Biancone £5m, Neco Williams £17m,Brandon Aguilera £1m, Wayne Hennessey £0.5m, Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo £10m, Orel Mangala £12.7m)

£73.2m Liverpool (Fabio Carvalho £5m, Darwin Nunez £64m, Calvin Ramsay £4.2m)

£73.1m Fulham (Joao Palhinha £17m, Andreas Pereira £10m, Shane Duffy loan, Bernd Leno £8m, Kevin Mbabu £6.4m, Issa Diop £15m, Mikkel Damsgaard £16.7m)

£60m Newcastle United (Matt Targett £15m, Nick Pope £10m, Sven Botman £35m)

£52.1m Southampton (Gavin Bazunu £12m, Mateusz Lis Free, Armel Bella-Kotchap £8.6m, Romeo Lavia £10.5m, Joe Aribo £10m, Sekou Mara £11m)

£48m Everton (James Tarkowski Free, Conor Coady loan, Dwight McNeil £15m, Ruben Vinagre loan, Amadou Onana £33m)

£48.0m Wolves (Nathan Collins £20.5m, Concalo Guedes £27.5m)

£46m Aston Villa (Boubacar Kamara Free, Philippe Coutinho £17m, Robin Olsen £3m, Diego Carlos £26m)

£33.5m Crystal Palace (Malcolm Ebiowei £2m, Cheick Doucoure £23m, Chris Richards £8.5m)

£33m Brentford (Aaron Hickey £17m, Keane Lewis-Potter £16m, Thomas Strakosha free, Ben Mee free)

£23m Bournemouth (Ryan Fredericks Free, Joe Rothwell free, Marcos Senesi £13m, Neto free, Marcus Tavernier £10m)

£15.5m Brighton (Julio Enciso £9.5m, Simon Adingra £6m, Levi Colwill loan)

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