Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe's main target is now a "doubt" amid Fulham links

In today's Newcastle transfer news - Eddie Howe's main midfield target has recently become a "doubt" amid reports linking him to Fulham...

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On the third day of January, Newcastle brought to me... No new signings. I am obviously being facetious, since I know that signing a new player doesn't happen overnight. However, with all the hype built up in the Newcastle transfer news leading up to this month, it's easy to see why fans are on the edge of their seats.

But Eddie Howe isn't going to take a quick approach. While his plans seemed to have been derailed slightly due to the current injury crisis at St James Park, it has now been revealed that we won't make any reactionary signings to fill unnecessary long-term holes.

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Newcastle transfer news: Eddie Howe's main target is now a "doubt" amid Fulham links

According to a report from I Sport, Eddie Howe will stick to a long-term plan in the January transfer window, as he doesn't want to be too reactive to his squad's injury concerns. Therefore, it has been established that Newcastle's pursuit of Kalvin Phillips is now in serious "doubt", particularly now that Fulham and Crystal Palace have entered the race.

A common misconception is that because Newcastle are the richest club in the world, we have endless resources to use this month. While, in theory, we do have endless cash given our affluent owners, we cannot spend those resources as easily as our competitors. Due to FFP rules, it will be a long while before we can legally filter this cash into the club as earnings will come into question.

Therefore, it's easy to see why Eddie Howe is playing the long game this January transfer window. The club's owners are much more sensible than the Mike Ashley days, so we can expect the right transfers to be made, even if they seem sensible to the naked eye at first sight.

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