Eddie Howe breaks silence on Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar links as he reveals Newcastle transfer strategy

EDDIE HOWE has distanced himself from speculation linking Newcastle with ambitious moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

The Magpies have been fairly modest in the transfer window despite sitting upon a pile of cash after their big money takeover in 2021.

Speculation has repeatedly linked Ronaldo with a move to rich Newcastle


Speculation has repeatedly linked Ronaldo with a move to rich NewcastleCredit: AFP
Neymar's contract with PSG expires in 2025


Neymar’s contract with PSG expires in 2025Credit: AFP

The club’s biggest expenditure so far has been Alexander Isak for £63m from Real Sociedad, and he continues to show plenty of positive signs.

Howe has revealed the club are looking at younger, exciting prospects and not established stars like Ronaldo and Neymar.

The Toon boss said: “A lot of the names aren’t accurate. We need to recruit wisely.

“We want to discover them before they explode onto the world stage. We need to go underneath, find them young and develop them. I know the direction.”

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Reports have indicated Newcastle would use their wads of cash to convince Ronaldo to move to the north-east.

Speculation has grown this week after rumours that Ronaldo wanted to leave Al-Nassr.

Meanwhile, Neymar is increasingly being linked with a Premier League move with Chelsea and Newcastle reported to be among the candidates.

Howe’s statement suggests Newcastle will continue with the transfer strategy that has served the club well over the past 18 months.

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With the exception of older players like Chris Wood, Newcastle have tended to target younger stars.

Bruno Guimaraes and Anthony Gordon have been among those bought in to energise the squad.

The plan has worked and Newcastle are set for their highest league finish in 20 years.

They sit 3rd, six points clear of 5th-place Liverpool.

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