Howe: Newcastle ‘absolutely’ won’t be held to ransom over transfers

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has insisted the club won’t be held to ransom by other clubs over transfer fees.

The Magpies have made two signings so far this window, bringing in England full-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid before adding striker Chris Wood for £25 million from relegation rivals Burnley. 

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The club has been linked with a number of players, including Lille defender Sven Botman and Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos, but Howe has insisted Newcastle won’t pay over the odds.

Asked if the club would walk away from deal if the price was not right, Howe said: “Absolutely, you have to be in that position.

“You have to draw a line in certain situations and say, ‘No, we’re not going to pay that money’, otherwise where does the game go? It goes to an uncomfortable place, I think.

“It’s all about the individual player and judging each situation on individual merits, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”

Howe refused to comment on any specific names that have been liked with the club but admitted that due to the club’s riches, other sides are driving the prices up.

“Everyone’s well aware that we’re in the market for certain positions and that demand then drives the price up. There’s nothing we can do about that.

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“The window continues to surprise everybody, I think. But you just have to live in that world. We have the needed players that we’ve identified and managed to get over the line.

“The cost of those players is uncomfortable, I’m sure, for everybody – that’s not talking about the individual cases, that’s just the prices of football players in general – but that’s the market we’re in.”

On the signing of Wood, Howe added: “We’re really pleased with the signing of Chris. I think he’ll fit in really well to the team.

“He’s experienced, he’s ready to play and he knows the Premier League. He gives us something a little bit different.

“I’ve never been shy of saying I admire tall, physical strikers who can give you a platform to play and I’ve signed many down the years.

“When you look at last week when we put 30 crosses into the box, we were crying out for someone with his strengths and his qualities.

“I think he’s going to be hugely motivated to play well for Newcastle and help lead us out of the position we’re in.

“He’s got experience of that as well. He’s a person I admire as well – I’ve been hugely impressed by his character and his attitude.”

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