Premier League clubs are still seething about the Saudi-backed takeover at Newcastle United, it would seem.
In a new report from The Telegraph, it’s claimed a host of top flight sides will REFUSE to sell or loan any of their players to us in the January transfer window.
The piece states that opposition to the takeover is so ‘deep-rooted’ that several clubs have agreed on an ‘anyone but Newcastle’ policy, believing they are desperate to see the club go down after being threatened by our new-found wealth.
Matt Law reports that this could hinder Eddie Howe’s initial transfer plans, as the club would ideally like to bring in player with Premier League experience this winter.
Here’s what one ‘industry expert’ told The Telegraph about it:
“Newcastle will find it hard to buy players from some Premier League clubs in January because they would rather see them relegated than take their cash. Some clubs just won’t sell to them.”
It’s said that a host of rival clubs feel relegation to the Championship would delay our attempts to compete with the elite, hence their refusal to help us in any way, shape or form when the transfer window opens.
In truth, this is a childish approach and more opposition to competition than the takeover itself.
Also, I can’t see this going down well when a fringe player at a ‘big six’ side – let’s say Jesse Lingard – is told he won’t be allowed to join Newcastle for these reasons when he’s barely getting a kick at his current club.