Eddie Howe told to U-turn on summer transfer plan after 'big-money' Newcastle news - pundit
Newcastle will not be able to compete for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jarrod Bowen if “top clubs” register an interest, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Eddie Howe’s side would be “better off looking abroad” this summer.
According to 90min (8 April), Newcastle are ready to compete with Liverpool for the signature of Bowen.
Meanwhile, The Sun (26 March) claim Everton will sell £60million-rated Calvert-Lewin during the main transfer window.
Whelan claimed Newcastle’s lack of European football will affect their ability to attract top players.
“Newcastle need to realise that their transfer policy needs to be different to these top clubs,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
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“If you’re looking at players like Bowen and Calvert-Lewin – if teams like Arsenal and Liverpool come in, those sorts of players will choose to go there – because of European football.
“They might be the richest club in the world, but it’s not about spending big money on every player.
“It’s about the quality of football you can give, and the competitions you’re going to be fighting for. They’d be better off looking abroad for talent.
“They’re not competing for the league, and they won’t win the cups if the likes of Man City or Liverpool turn up.”
Newcastle sit 15th in the Premier League – just ten points above the drop zone.
The Saudi-backed Magpies are expected to spend big again this summer after a £92million January outlay.