The stark admission comes as United continue their search for forward reinforcements, with Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes the latest player to be linked with a move.
To date, the Magpies have had a positive summer window, landing Matt Targett on a permanent deal, signing much sought after Sven Botman for around £30million and bringing in England international Nick Pope for a knockdown fee.
So heading into the new season, which is less than two weeks away, the Magpies look in a good place defensively. However, it was always the forward areas where recruitment was most needed. And, as yet, no player has been added in the right and centre forward departments.
So NewcastleWorld asked Howe if his next move could prove the hardest, he said: “You are trying to lead me with your question, but it is a good question.
“Yes, I think the next part will be the hardest, because if it was easy we’d have already done it.
“We are now going into an area where we are still looking. We want to improve the squad. We are really pleased with what we have done but we know we have got more to do. But it has got to be the right one, in the right position. So it is not simple.
“When you look at how our squad is built, it is not a simple puzzle to solve. We are trying to do that as much as we can.
“We are working very, very hard. If I am not here talking to you or taking training and I am working on recruitment. A lot of work has gone into it, but it is hopefully going to be worth it because, as you say, the next move is probably one of the most important I will make.”