Eddie Howe makes Newcastle United summer transfer window timescale admission

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Newcastle United aren’t slacking when it comes to planning for the summer transfer window.

Newcastle United have already begun planning for this summer’s transfer window.

That was confirmed by head coach Eddie Howe after Sunday’s final game of the 2021/22 Premier League season against Burnley, which ended in a 2-1 victory.

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With the Magpies yet to agree a compensation package with Brighton and Hove Albion to bring Dan Ashworth to the club as technical director, Howe is set to take on greater responsibility when it comes to identifying targets in the coming months.

The 44-year-old did the same in January, working on a four-person transfer committee, consisting of assistant coach Jason Tindall, co-owner Amanda Staveley and chief scout Steve Nickson.

It proved to be a successful window, with the additions of Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn and Matt Targett (loan) helping to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.

“Whatever the situation is, I can adapt and overcome,” Howe said at the beginning of April.

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“I said when I first came in, appointing a sporting director is a matter of urgency for the club because we need those structures that help the club improve.

“We have a lot of improving to do behind the scenes to get to be the club we want to be, and that’s in all areas. We want to build the club and to do that, you need the right people and right appointments.

“But, in the meantime, I’m more than capable of doing things in the transfer window.

“The outcome (of January) has been very successful, and I enjoyed the process of how we got to that outcome.

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“Everyone did a really good job. I’m more than happy to do that again.”

The planning starts NOW

With Ashworth no closer to arriving, the quartet are planning for the summer transfer window as we speak.

It is understood United are prioritising the signing of a goalkeeper, central defender, central midfielder and striker, while deciding whether or not to pursue a permanent move for Matt Targett.

The on-loan Aston Villa left-back played every minute of the 16 games he was available for.

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“I just joked with someone there that the planning starts on the coach on the way back,” Howe told NewcastleWorld when asked when the planning would start. “Then I actually had a rethink and said it can wait for tomorrow.”

“Look, it does, it starts now, as you have to as the Premier League moves so quickly and the competition is so strong. You have to try and be ahead of the game.

“We will try and be sensible about what we do this summer. We know it is a big time for us.”

The transfer window opens on June 10 and closes on September 1 at 11pm.

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