So far this summer Newcastle United have made one permanent signing, bringing in Joe Willock from Arsenal.

The 21-year-old was a surprise arrival, becoming one of the most expensive signings in the club’s history.

Sky Sports state the deal is worth £25million, which would mean only Joelinton has cost Newcastle more.

It was a big signing by the Magpies, especially when you consider there were claims that our transfer budget was only £12million.

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But Mike Ashley found some money from somewhere, enabling Lee Charnley to complete a permanent deal. What a duo…

Of course, it took them forever to complete a deal and Willock missed the first game of the season, but well done lads, great work.

However, Newcastle still need reinforcements. But will they be permanent or loan additions?

Chris Waugh suggests Newcastle might be able to make a permanent signing

On the Athletic’s Newcastle podcast ‘Pod On The Tyne’, journalist Chris Waugh spoke about the Magpies’ transfer plans.

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“It’s sort of been suggested to me over the last week or so that maybe the Willock money, because they went and signed him permanently when they didn’t necessarily expect they would, there may be a little bit of money for one more permanent,” Waugh said on Pod On The Tyne (13:20).

“But I think they would have to fit the criteria again of being under 24, sell-on potential. I don’t think there’s loads of money so ideally Newcastle will be prioritising the loan market.”

One more permanent signing would be great considering our financial limitations, but it feels unlikely.

If we only want under 24 players, then they will likely cost a fair wedge of cash if they’re any good.

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While there may be some money left for a permanent deal, it feels much more likely that we’ll bring in a couple of loans instead.

Regardless, we still need reinforcements. Loan deals will suffice, but they will bring us back to square one next summer when the deals expire.

As always with Newcastle, there is limited long-term planning.

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