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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe complains about Premier League rivals ‘rising prices’ despite Saudi takeover of blockbuster Magpies and admits Financial Fair Play concerns


Eddie Howe believes Premier League rivals are ‘raising their prices’ for Newcastle since their Saudi-backed takeover.

The Magpies had a productive window, but couldn’t secure the services of Leeds United striker Jack Harrisonand failed in his pursuit of Leicester City’s James Maddison.

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Newcastle boss Howe claimed Premier League sides ruled them out of moves

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe complains about Premier League rivals ‘rising prices’ despite Saudi takeover of blockbuster Magpies and admits Financial Fair Play concerns

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Newcastle have broken their transfer record for £60m man Alexander Isak but would have liked more

Howe’s side were also left frustrated after a loan looming for West Ham defender Harrison Ashby andArsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles failed to materialize.

The Newcastle boss has offered his thoughts when asked if domestic clubs see his team as a threat.

“It’s true, I would say so,” he said.

“It was definitely something we felt in the market. National clubs didn’t want to be seen as helping us. We’ll have to take that, it’s part of where we are at the moment.

“We certainly found that there was no one there willing to do us a favor. It is the narrative about us that has changed.

“If there’s something domestically teams will raise their price if it’s Newcastle. It’s the same all over the world, it’s something we have to deal with.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe complains about Premier League rivals ‘rising prices’ despite Saudi takeover of blockbuster Magpies and admits Financial Fair Play concerns

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Leicester’s Maddison was top of Howe’s list


“That’s why we waived some agreements because I think it’s important that we are not seen as that club that will pay what is asked. I think it has to be fair.

“There’s a real feeling that we know internally that we’re up against everyone. It’s healthy and I would accept that. I would say we couldn’t be more together right now.

After signing four new stars this summer, Newcastle have spent £115m, taking their total investments to over £200m, including January arrivals.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe complains about Premier League rivals ‘rising prices’ despite Saudi takeover of blockbuster Magpies and admits Financial Fair Play concerns

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Leeds’ Harrison was also a target for the Magpies

Howe admitted his team had spent more than they wanted and Financial Fair Play had made it very difficult.

“FFP has definitely been a big hurdle for us to manage this transfer window,” he added.

“We have exceeded the guidelines given. I don’t know if it affected future budgets, that’s not for me to answer. But we slightly overshot where we wanted to be.

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