Eddie Howe heard the Newcastle chiefs hint at the challenge of Diego Carlos’ transfer talks

Eddie Howe has stressed relegation-threatened Newcastle United need experienced Premier League players like Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier because they are ‘ready to play’ after Newcastle were linked with a host of young players on the continent.

Trippier may have joined the Magpies from Spain’s Atletico Madrid, but the England international has previously spent five years playing in the Premier League with Tottenham and Burnley.

Meanwhile, Wood is one of a handful of strikers who have scored at least 10 Premier League goals in each of his last four seasons.

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Although the club’s owners, staffing staff and coaching staff worked “cooperatively” into the January transfer window, Howe’s impact was certainly felt.

“They are two players I wanted to sign – there’s no doubt about that,” he told reporters on Zoom. “They make the team better, they have the right characteristics in terms of playing and attitude and they are ready to play. This is important for us in our current position.

“There is nothing wrong with signing young players in the future – I have done so historically for most of my managerial career – but there is a time and place for these types of signings.

“With the current needs of my team, the two players we signed were the right people.”

That doesn’t mean Newcastle won’t be buying players from abroad this month, of course, and Magpies have already tried to sign defender Sven Putman from Lille.

Securing at least one central defender before the window closes is one of Howe’s priorities, and Newcastle are not giving up on signing Seville goalkeeper Diego Carlos.

However, just as Lille have been reluctant to sell Putman, title-seeking Sevilla are in no hurry to let Carlos go and therein lies the challenge facing Newcastle mid-season.

“It’s a very unique situation but what you have to understand is that while people outside think it’s a very easy situation, it’s not,” Howe said.

“It’s a very complicated situation because you have to agree deals with clubs that don’t want to sell in January. This is popular in world football; people are very reluctant to lose assets at this time of year and players have to want to join your fight. And your battle to stay in the league.If they are at the top of their career, it’s not easy.

“Newcastle has huge pull in a lot of different ways, but I think our position in the league is not one of them, so it’s a very subtle combination.

“Also, the most important thing for me is to bring the right characters into the group. The character and the attitude in the player – they must want to play and fight for Newcastle United now and in the future. Put it all into the mix and it’s a very difficult situation.”

While it won’t be easy, Newcastle still hope to make several additional additions in the final weeks of the window, but Howe will eventually have to make space in his 25-man squad.

Freddy Woodman has yet to appear under Howe while Jeff Hendrick and Dwight Gale have appeared as one substitute each under the Newcastle boss.

Given how Newcastle’s matches against Southampton and Everton last month were postponed, after a number of players were left out after contracting coronavirus or suffering injuries, Howe is reluctant to let anyone go.

Instead, Howe plans to make those one-on-one calls at the end of the month although the Newcastle boss has admitted it will leave some marginal players feeling uncertain about their futures.

He added: “I’m sure that would be the case, but it’s a very simple situation for me. They have to show every day on the training ground that they want to be part of Newcastle United’s future.

“There’s always that pressure when you’re at a big club you have to give and you have to show that you deserve to be part of the future.

“I think there is a high expectation and a demand from the players that they show me that every day, to show how committed they are, but we are going to make the right connection jointly with the players – if they are not happy – to try and find a solution for them.”

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