Wages could be an issue in Newcastle’s bid to sign either Callum Hudson-Odoi or Christian Pulisic on loan.
The Magpies are reportedly interested in four players from Chelsea at the moment, all of which could become available on a temporary deal before the transfer window closes. The players in question are Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic, Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher.
According to the Telegraph, Dan Ashworth has asked to be kept in the loop regarding each player’s availability, as he looks to improve Eddie Howe’s squad.
We need attacking reinforcements, with a winger and a striker being targeted. Newcastle need more quality in the final third, as was evident against Brighton on Saturday.
An extra option out wide is vital – we need someone who can create more chances for Callum Wilson.
Chelsea could hold the answer to that problem, but a deal for either Hudson-Odoi or Pulisic won’t be straightforward.
Newcastle would need help covering Hudson-Odoi or Pulisic’s wages
Premier League rules mean that Newcastle will only be able to sign one player on loan from Chelsea. So don’t expect us to bring both the 21-year-old and the American star to the club. It will hopefully be one or the other – rather than neither.
But wages will still be an issue even with a loan deal.
Both Chelsea wingers earn more than Newcastle’s top earner, which is Kieran Trippier on a reported £100,000-a-week. In comparison, Hudson-Odoi earns £120,000-a-week. Pulisic takes home even more, earning £150,000-a-week after signing for £58million in 2019.
The Telegraph state that Newcastle will therefore need help from Chelsea. We will need Thomas Tuchel’s side to cover a large part of their current pay packet. How much Chelsea are willing to pay remains to be seen. It will depend on how keen they are to move players on.
This highlights one of the issues Newcastle are facing in the transfer market, especially when targeting players from bigger clubs. The likes of Chelsea pay astronomical wages, which we will either need to equal or better.
The Toon owners are clearly unwilling to massively smash the wage structure, which will benefit us in the long run. They are looking for gradual progression, which is for the best despite it hindering us at times this summer.
But will it stop us getting Hudson-Odoi or Pulisic? That depends on how much Chelsea are willing to help us out. Hopefully Amanda Staveley’s friendship with Todd Boehly can pay dividends.