Newcastle United January transfer window latest with Dan Ashworth talks planned

Newcastle United have three games left to play before the January transfer window opens.

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Eddie Howe is ready to hold talks over Newcastle United’s January transfer window plans during the upcoming World Cup break. The Magpies marked their final match before Qatar with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at St James’ Park on Saturday.

While five of United’s senior players - Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson, Fabian Schar and Bruno Guimaraes - join up with their respective nations this week, the rest of Howe’s squad have been rewarded with a fortnight off following their excellent start to the Premier League campaign.

Newcastle begin their mini pre-season when they travel to Saudi Arabia on December 4 for a week-long training camp, which includes a friendly against Saudi Pro League champions Al-Hilal. La Liga side Rayo Vallecano then visit Tyneside before Howe’s men resume the season against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

Eddie Howe’s January transfer update

Given the January transfer window is just around the corner when United return to action, Howe admits discussions will take place with the likes of sporting director Dan Ashworth and head of recruitment Steve Nickson during the five-and-a-half-week break - and warned that Financial Fair Play could impact how the club act.

“We haven’t really had those discussions (about transfers) yet,” Howe said. “I’m not sure when we’re due to have those discussions about January, but of course we will at some stage. There’s still some time away from it, and my priority is always the players we have here.

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“We still have a couple of players that we need to get fully fit, that we’ve missed, that we feel could make a huge difference to us. That’s an exciting prospect. We have Financial Fair Play, those dreaded words, and I’m not sure what limitations that puts upon us for January.

“There are lots to discuss, but I think my main aim at the minute is to try to get the players that we do have in the best possible condition when the season restarts.”

Howe too, will allow himself to spend some time with his family before attacking the second half of the season. After the opening 15 matches, United sit third in the Premier League table after claiming 30 points.

“I’m absolutely proud and honoured to be here managing this unbelievable football club.” Howe said, “My only focus is on Newcastle and now my focus is to probably have a couple of days with my family and reset on our training and all the processes we need to hit the ground running in the second half of the season.”