Newcastle transfer news: David Ornstein denies Ruben Neves claim

Ruben Neves of Al Hilal (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)
Ruben Neves of Al Hilal (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images) /
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In today’s Newcastle transfer news – It’s all about Ruben Neves, as trusted journalist David Ornstein has denied a claim made about him.

Newcastle desperately need to sign a midfielder in the January transfer window. When you consider their injury crisis and the suspension of Sandro Tonali, this means that they are depleted of options in the centre of the park. Although Eddie Howe has done well to paper over the cracks until now, his main concern will be addressing this position in January.

For yesterday’s Newcastle transfer news, click here.

Newcastle transfer news – Magpies may have to miss out on Ruben Neves

Over the last few weeks, Newcastle have been linked with a move to bring Al-Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves back to the Premier League, where he spent a lot of time honing his craft with Ruben Neves, becoming one of the best midfielders in the top division during his time.

However, a move for Ruben Neves would certainly be a controversial move. Removing my Newcastle-tinted glasses, I must admit that I wouldn’t like to see another Premier League club do this (although, I would love for us to get away with it, mind).

If you have no idea what I’m talking about – Allow me to explain. Both Newcastle and Al-Hilal are under the same ownership, PIF. This means that the owners would essentially be loaning a player from one of their clubs to another, limiting the financial burden. Premier League clubs are set to vote against allowing this to happen.

But according to a claim from trusted Athletic journalist David Ornstein (as reported by Geordie Boot Boys), Newcastle won’t be available to do the deal on the cheap, either. Essentially transfers must be authorised by the Premier League’s fair market value assessment – It’s been the case for a while. Since Neves cost Al-Hilal £47m, Ornstein claims that Newcastle may have to pay a similar price.

Do you think that Ruben Neves around £50m?