Eddie Howe teases new signings at Newcastle United ahead of January transfer deadline
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe is hoping for a busy end to the January transfer window.
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Bruno Guimaraes is set to become Newcastle United’s third signing of the January transfer window - and Eddie Howe hopes the club’s transfer business won’t end there.
The Magpies are in the process of finalising a move for the Brazilian midfielder after agreeing a £33million fee with Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Chief scout Steve Nickson travelled to South America on Friday, where Guimaraes is currently on international duty, to complete the relevant paperwork.
All being well, Guimaraes is set to follow in the footsteps of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.
That’s three new arrivals through the door at St James’ Park this month - but Howe is hopeful that number will increase before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
‘We’re open, we’re working hard’
Howe, speaking from Saudi Arabia, said: “From my perspective, I don’t imagine that will be the end of our interest in bringing new players in, whether that turns into reality, who knows.
“Things change very late in this window, as everybody knows. The last couple of days can be quite unpredictable with lots of things happening that you didn’t expect.
“We’re open, we’re working hard to improve the squad to give the team the best chance of staying in the league.”
The mood on Tyneside has significantly increased over the last seven days or so following the 1-0 win at Leeds United and Guimaraes’ impending arrival.
It’s quite the contrast to the week United had previously. A disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Watford was then compounded by no new signings.
‘The work has been immense’
“We are in a lot better place if we can get this deal over the line,” Howe said, without naming Guimaraes directly.
“The frustration I felt was only at the window, not anyone connected with the club.
“I see behind the scenes, and what everyone is doing and contributing to try and achieve what everybody in connection with Newcastle wants.
“This window has been difficult, regardless of our situation. It has been tough to actually get clear decisions, not from our side, from other clubs, on what we can and can’t do, and what they want to do.
“The work has been immense - and we hope it bears fruit to the end of the window.”