Newcastle boss Eddie Howe refuses to make promises about January spending

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe refuses to make any commitments on January transfer spending and admits last place in the Premier League could deter players from joining the Magpies

  • Newcastle are winless after 13 games and are last in the Premier League table
  • New manager Eddie Howe expected to spend in January transfer window
  • Newcastle have important home games ahead of them against Norwich and Burnley

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe won’t make any promises about the investment in January, but says the team’s position at the bottom of the Premier League will be the only obstacle to attracting players.

Many expect the club’s Saudi-backed owners to invest heavily in the new year to salvage their season, with the Magpies winless after 13 games and six points from safety.

But Howe has not yet had a conversation with the hierarchy about transfer budgets and doesn’t want this conversation to divert attention from this week’s home games against relegation rivals Norwich and Burnley.

Eddie Howe expected to spend and improve Newcastle squad in January window

Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League and lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Saturday

Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League and lost 2-0 to Arsenal on Saturday

“It’s very difficult to make any promises about (January expenses) in the sense that we will definitely spend money and attract players,” he said.

“You have to attract the players, they have to want to come and they have to be the right players to improve the team. That’s why January is an incredibly difficult window to recruit players into, especially when your league position is tough.

“I can’t promise anything about that, but I can promise that the people above me, the owners, will support the team and support me to achieve what we need. That’s all I can say at this point.

“It would be foolish of me to make hasty promises or statements. My priority right now is to get the best out of the players we have.”

Howe also responded to claims by former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor that targets do not want to live in Newcastle.

“I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I haven’t seen Newcastle in the light yet, so it’s hard for me to comment too much, but I’ve heard from everyone I’ve spoken to how nice the area is to live in.

“I’ve heard great things about the city center and the surrounding area, and I can’t wait to experience it for myself.

“We will have no problem attracting players to Newcastle for all sorts of reasons. I don’t think that will be a problem.

“What’s a problem is our position in the league to attract players in January, but I’m not focused on that at the moment. My focus is on preparing the team for a huge week ahead.”

How said he didn't want to make bold promises about how much he'll spend in January

How said he didn’t want to make bold promises about how much he’ll spend in January

Newcastle currently have no chief executive following the departure of Lee Charnley and Sportsmail understand that replacing him is a priority over appointing a director of football.

Former Chelsea supremo Michael Emenalo is among the contenders for the latter, although current chief scout Steve Nickson is poised to handle things in January.

Howe said: “I think in order to get the structure we want it (director of football) will definitely be important for the club’s long-term benefit.

“It’s something I know what the club is looking at and if they think they’ve found the right people, it will.

“But at the moment I’m happy to work as we are, with focus on the team of players and focus on the training field. I’m sure everything else will take care of itself in time.’