Newcastle United chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan pledged to back the club’s ambitious spending plans during a series meetings over the weekend, according to journalist Graeme Bailey.
He claims that the PIF governor remained at St James’ Park after meeting Eddie Howe and the players following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Cambridge, discussing our transfer plans with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi.
The former Sky Sports reporter currently at 90min also states that these talks were ‘extremely detailed’ and went beyond midnight, with all parties agreeing that ‘swifter action’ needs to be taken to get deals over the line as we push to bring in a striker and centre-back before Saturday’s crucial clash with Watford.
Al-Rumayyan is believed to have given financial assurances to Amanda Staveley – who is taking care of the day to day running of the club alongside our husband – confirming money is freely available.
Howe stated after Saturday’s game that the club’s owners have been ‘very supportive’, insisting there visit to the dressing room after the game was another signal that everyone is pulling in the same direction – despite our struggles this season.
Bailey claims that we’re looking to bring in ‘at least’ SIX new players this month and believes a move for Reims striker Hugo Ekiteke is at an advanced stage.