The big news yesterday surrounded Real Sociedad star Alexander Isak, with The Telegraph revealing that we were in talks over a club-record move for the highly-rated Swede.
It’s said our transfer committee – comprising of Eddie Howe, Steve Nickson, Dan Ashworth, Amanda Staveley and Jamie Reuben – were ‘unanimous’ in agreeing that a move for the striker would be well worth pursuing.
However, with the striker expected to demand a fee in the region of £50m – which is believed to be the entirety of our remaining budget – The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has added a few lines on what that could mean for further additions should the 6ft 4′ forward sign at St James’ Park.
Luke Edwards states that, unless additional funds can be raised via player sales, the much-needed arrival of a new right-winger is likely to come via a loan deal.
The North-East reporter stated a few months ago that our summer budget was around £80-£100m – a total less than some expected, largely down to the fact we’re yet to secure new sponsorship deals.
Just over £50m has been spent so far on Sven Botman (£32m), Matt Targett (£12m) and Nick Pope (£10m), so it’s easy to see how we’d have little – if any – left to play with if Isak joins on a club-record deal worth £50m.
We may have to forget about Moussa Diaby, for this window at least, if the Swede signs, however there could well be several appealing loan-to-buy deals that emerge later in the window.
Any ideas? Let us know in the comments below who you think we could target on a temporary basis to give us another option out wide…