December 9, 2023

Football Insider has received information from sources that Newcastle United plans to bring in several loan signings from the Saudi Pro League in January.


According to sources, the Magpies’ transfer budget for the next window will be extremely tight because they are very close to their Financial Fair Play limit.


This has motivated Eddie Howe’s team to try and help their star players make moves by taking advantage of the loan market this winter and their connections to Saudi Arabia.




Newcastle is owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, along with four other Saudi clubs: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Ahli.


In a vote last month, Premier League teams defeated a ban on loan agreements between affiliated clubs 13 to 7, allowing Newcastle to lawfully bring in Saudi Pro League players from these teams.


The team has suffered from injuries; Howe is currently dealing with 12 first-team injuries in addition to Sandro Tonali’s suspension (a £55 million summer signing).


Although former Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves of Al-Hilal, a team owned by PiF, had been strongly linked to the Magpies, the player has stated he is content and settled in Saudi Arabia.


Nevertheless, Neves intends to leave Al-Hilal in the summer of 2019 and may return to England, with interest from Newcastle and Manchester City, according to a report published by Football Insider last month (November 22).


Additionally, Newcastle has been actively negotiating a new contract with Fabian Schar; Football Insider reported on December 8 that Newcastle is certain to do so once they receive approval from piF


Following their 3-0 loss to Everton on Thursday (7 December), they are next in action in the Premier League on Sunday (10 December) when they travel to north London to face Tottenham.

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