By Dr Dan Plumley

6th Sep, 2022 | 6:10pm

Finance guru: Newcastle United to repeat January trick amid 'negotiations' claim

Newcastle United are likely to use the mid-season World Cup break as an opportunity to organise another potentially lucrative trip to Saudi Arabia.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ attempts to create a buzz in their owners’ homeland.

Newcastle were taken over by the Saudi Public Investment Fund in October last year, and they flew out to Jedah for a training camp during the winter break the following January.

The Daily Mail reported last Sunday (4 September) that Premier League sides are planning to take players not selected for the Qatar World Cup on warm-weather camps when the league pauses in November.

Newcastle have made a concerted effort to solidify their links to Saudi – they recently signed a sleeve sponsorship deal with PIF-backed and released a Saudi-coloured third kit over the summer.

Plumley argues that the Tynesiders will likely travel to the country again during the World Cup and use their time to negotiate with new sponsors in the region.

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“This makes a lot of sense,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“We have seen clubs do this even when the World Cup isn’t on. It’s no secret that warm-weather training camps are useful.

“I think we are likely to see more of this in the future. If you are in Newcastle’s position, the obvious choice is Saudi Arabia.

“You can then use this in negotiations and leverage some of the other stuff that the owners are trying to do through that.”

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