The Magpies have so far been frustrated in their attempts to bolster Eddie Howe’s attacking options, but it seems they haven’t given up hope of making further signings ahead of September’s deadline.
What is the latest news involving Newcastle?
Howe prioritised improving his defence in the early stages of the summer, bringing in goalkeeper Nick Pope, centre-back Sven Botman and left-back Matt Targett.
However, their lengthy pursuit of Hugo Ekitike ended in disappointment after the teenager opted to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Yet Howe revealed in a recent interview that he remains ‘desperate’ to bolster his options in the final third of the pitch.
“Never say never,” the 44-year-old tactician replied when asked if a forward would sign during the coming weeks. “I’ve been in the game long enough to not give you a definite answer on that.
“As the days tick by, it seems more and more unlikely. But we are trying, as we have been all window. We’re desperate to try and improve the group if we can, with the right player.”
What has Romano said about Newcastle?
Newcastle became the richest football club in the world last year following their Saudi-backed takeover but are determined to stay within the limits of Financial Fair Play.
Romano has informed GiveMeSport that the North East outfit could still sign up to three further players, though, potentially depending on outings.
He told GMS: “I can see Newcastle moving on two or three targets. It depends also in this case on the outgoings, but they will be in for a striker and a creative midfielder.”
Who could Newcastle sign?
A recent report from The Guardian revealed that Newcastle have seen a second bid rejected by Leicester City for their playmaker James Maddison.
It’s claimed that the offer totalled £45 million with a potential further £5m arriving in add-ons, although that fell short of the Foxes’ £60m valuation of the one-cap England international.
Maddison has two years remaining on his current contract and enjoyed a stellar 2021/22 campaign, registering 18 goals and 12 assists in 53 appearances across all competitions.
Only time will tell if Newcastle are prepared to match Leicester’s demands, and if they are, then Maddison will become their record signing.