Clubs ‘would rather see Newcastle relegated than take cash in January’

Some Premier League clubs would reportedly rather see Newcastle get relegated to the Championship than take their money in the January transfer window.

The Magpies are set to make a splash in the market in the winter after being taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

That takeover has significantly boosted the club’s transfer budget, with Newcastle’s new owners technically having the highest net worth among Premier League clubs.

They made the first step on the path to revolutionising the club this week with the appointment of former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe as the replacement for Steve Bruce as manager.

But Howe is facing an increasingly tough task, with the Magpies still winless after 11 games of the new season.

That awful run has left them cut adrift with newly-promoted Norwich City at the bottom of the Premier League, five points from safety.

As a result, the North East club are expected to turn to the transfer market to give Howe’s squad the boost it needs to secure top-flight football for next season.

But according to The Telegraph, they are facing the prospect of some rivals refusing to accept their money, with clubs adopting an ‘Anyone But Newcastle’ policy with regards to selling players.

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It is stated that a ‘number of clubs’ are concerned by the spending power that Newcastle can now call upon.

As a result, the report quotes an industry expect who said that those teams will refuse to sell players to the Magpies as ‘they would rather see them relegated than take their cash’.

The news is a blow to Newcastle’s transfer plans before the window has even opened, with the relegation-threatened side expected to target players who have Premier League experience.

But with teams refusing to sell or loan players to them, it is said that they could be forced to turn to the foreign market.

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Relegation rivals will also be reluctant to sell their stars to them in January as they themselves look to secure survival.

Howe’s challenge then is an immense one, with his reign starting off with the visit of Brentford a week on Saturday.

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