Dan Ashworth’s January transfer message as Newcastle look to move on from ill-fated Tonali deal

Newcastle United remain in a position to loan or buy one of the Premier League superstars currently plying their trade in the Saudi Pro League.

Top-flight sources confirmed to Chronicle Live last night that there is still no plan in place to change rules on deals between Newcastle and any of their four affiliated clubs in Saudi Arabia. Al Nassr, Al Hilal, Al Ittihad, and Al Ahli all have some players that could be of interest to United – not least after Sandro Tonali’s ban.

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Ruben Neves of Al Hilal and Gabri Veiga of Al Ahli are certain to be of interest if they become available. With Tonali banned for the rest of the season and Newcastle facing a long hard winter in 2024 with potential European games and further cup exploits, Eddie Howe will be backed in the January window.

After the £55million deal for Tonali went wrong, Ashworth was asked if he felt any sense of pressure to get the next deal right. Ashworth told Chronicle Live: “I feel pressure on every transfer and I have done for 16 years. “I am spending someone else’s money and I want to do the best job I can for that person, football club and those supporters.”

United will go into the next window with the football world watching them again. When Allan Saint-Maximin was sold to Al Hilal last summer it sparked fury from some rival Premier League clubs because they felt his fee was too excessive.

But the deal was cleared with the Premier League and the path is currently open to do something similar in the other direction this winter. Asked if he felt that Newcastle was under the microscope Ashworth said: “No, I don’t feel that at all. “We have got to do what is best for this football club and get the best players we possibly can for the budget we have got, and that is what my job is.”

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