According to Craig Hope, Newcastle United have reverted back to a previous transfer strategy.
The Daily Mail reporter claims that the Magpies are only targeting players under the age of 24.
This came the day after Hope stated that Newcastle’s transfer budget stood at just £10million.
So somehow the club want to sign young players, likely with a view to making a profit, despite having a budget that might as well consist of a packet of Freddos and a Sports Direct mug.
During the Mike Ashley era, we’ve seen a policy of signing young players for relatively small fees, then selling them on at a profit.
We did it with the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko.
In recent years, we’ve seen some more established players arrive. Callum Wilson joined the club last summer for £20million, despite being in his late 20s.
But why the reported change in policy? In his tweet, Hope pondered whether or not it had anything to do with a potential takeover.
However, a lot of fans have responded to the reporter, pointing out that we have a rather old squad.
The likes of Federico Fernandez, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are over 30, while Jonjo Shelvey and Fabian Schar aren’t far off the big three zero.
Newcastle United definitely need an influx of young players, regardless of whether there is a takeover or not.
Joe Willock fits that bracket, with the 21-year-old linked with a return to St James’ Park.
However, his return will only be on loan. With a budget of just £10million, it’s difficult to see how Ashley’s transfer policy will be a success.