Eddie Howe says Newcastle United are open to the loan market this summer as they look to strengthen the attacking areas.
The Magpies made a strong start to the summer transfer window with the arrivals of Matt Targett, Nick Pope and top defensive target Sven Botman.
United’s focus has now turned to bolstering their attack but have so far been left frustrated.
Not only did Newcastle miss out on Hugo Ekitike to Paris Saint-Germain but enquiries for other players have been met with inflated asking prices.
Eddie Howe’s side are guarded against being ‘ripped off’ and will only pay what they feel is an acceptable fee.
One avenue that is available to the Magpies is the loan market amid speculation Chelsea could loan out striker Armando Broja again this season.
Newcastle United and the loan market
Broja, who spent last term on loan at Southampton, is weighing up his future at Stamford Bridge, although the Blues are reluctant to part company with him completely.
That could open up a temporary exit for the Albanian and Howe admits the loan market is “definitely something” United will look at it.
“It’s definitely something we’ll look at,” Howe said. “I’d say probably, at this stage, it’s a bit early for that, I think. Loans, I think, come a little bit later.
“It’s certainly something we’ll look at, it’d be foolish not to because it can save you big money on transfer fees and long contract, but it probably doesn’t give you, unless it’s with a view to a permanent signing, the player’s heart and soul, unless it’s a very special player.
“We just have to get the balance right. I think it’s all about the individual, really.”