Eddie Howe is set to be rejected by primary Newcastle transfer target

Ruben Neves of Al Hilal (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)
Ruben Neves of Al Hilal (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images) /

Eddie Howe may have to revise his January strategy, since the primary Newcastle transfer target is set to remain at his club, irrespective of the interest.

Newcastle United plan to be active in the January transfer window, more out of necessity than desire. If you’ve been living under a rock then allow me to elaborate (and secondly, I’d recommend staying under that rock until the January transfer window).

Essentially, we are going through an injury crisis right now and that’s putting it lightly. We have almost a full team of players out injured and what’s more concerning is that most of them are facing long-term injuries. It also doesn’t help when you factor in the long-term ban for Sandro Tonali.

There are no two ways about it – We need to spend in the January transfer window. Thankfully, the club is showing desire to do that as it shows the competence of the board and the trust they have in Eddie Howe to meet objectives again this season.

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Newcastle transfer target Ruben Neves is set to reject Eddie Howe

Over the last few weeks, Newcastle have been linked with various names but none more so than Ruben Neves. The former Wolves midfielder who currently plays in the Saudi Pro League has been consistently moved with a loan move to Newcastle, since we need him to come in to replace Sandro Tonali during his ban.

However, a move for the Portugal midfielder grows more and more impossible given the controversial nature of the move. See, Newcastle are under the same ownership as Al-Hilal, and a move of such nature is being protested against by our Premier League counterparts.

Either way, it doesn’t look like Neves wants to make the move. It will always come down to the final decision by the play and according to The Athletic, he doesn’t want to pursue a January move away from Saudi Arabia, irrespective of the Newcastle interest.

What do you make of this Newcastle transfer rejection?