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'Newcastle had to retain players rather than bring in reinforcements'

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Newcastle United’s transfer deadline day has been, as expected, very quiet with the club not in a position to use their Saudi Arabian owners’ vast wealth to strengthen manager Eddie Howe’s squad.

Howe has admitted the club’s lack of activity has been shaped by ensuring they stay within profit and sustainability regulations, which has meant even a loan deal for England midfield man Kalvin Phillips, a long-term target, proved beyond them as he ended up at West Ham United.

The Newcastle boss might have liked to add quality in the striking department after Alexander Isak’s injury at Aston Villa, coupled with Callum Wilson’s recent fitness problems, but once again this was not possible.

Instead, it has been a window where Newcastle had to ensure they retained the players they already had rather than bring in reinforcements for a renewed push at the top-four places in the Premier League.

Kieran Trippier was a target for Bayern Munich, while Miguel Almiron attracted interest from Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabbab. Wilson was linked with a move to AC Milan.

Newcastle have kept that trio and tied teenager Lewis Miley down to a new contract, probably the biggest positive of a frustrating window for the Toon Army.

If a player had moved out, Howe may have had room for manoeuvre elsewhere but this hasn't materialised.

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