By Tam McManus

4th Nov, 2022 | 3:21pm

Pundit on Newcastle 'breaking the bank' in January after source's reveal

Newcastle United will not be forced into making January signings if the right deal is not there.

That’s according to former Hibernian striker Tam McManus, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Magpies’ plans for the upcoming January window.

On 27 October, sources told this site that Newcastle are prepared to invest in January with a new wide forward a priority for Eddie Howe.

The Magpies currently sit in the top four after only losing one game this season.

However, McManus claims Newcastle may not make a signing even if the owners are prepared to spend.

“They will find it difficult again,” McManus told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

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“Last January their rivals didn’t want to deal with them. Other Premier League clubs just don’t like Newcastle and will charge them extra.

“Foreign clubs don’t really care, they will deal with them. Atletico did last year, so did Lyon. Newcastle won’t break the bank like they did last time, they don’t need to.

“They are in a great position and if the right deal isn’t there then there is no need for Newcastle to take it, it’s that simple.

“The squad they have now is more than good enough to get into Europe based on what we have seen this season.

“More signings would be great and it would be a big boost to them but is there a desperate need for them? Maybe not.”

Newcastle’s new owners have invested heavily since their takeover in October 2021, with nine first-team players arriving across the two windows they have overseen.

The club also broke their transfer record to sign Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad.

In other news, sources have told Football Insider that Newcastle United are confident of agreeing a new £60m Bruno Guimaraes deal.