In statements to Chronicle Live, the Magpies’ managing director admitted that the club does not avoid the local market altogether, although he states price is the main inconvenience when buying British.
“We keep an eye on the UK market too. British players are very expensive, which is a factor for us,” he confessed.
After recently signing five players from Ligue 1, the Newcastle businessman made no secret that the French league is an attractive market for the club. However, they remain open to other leagues in Europe and further afield.
“We have to explore other markets, though, which we do. We are still going to other markets,” he added.
Newcastle brought Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Massadio Haidara in from France in the January window, but Llambias is revealed that French teams are now becoming aware of the Geordies’ liking for the market, saying: “It’s getting harder for us in France.”
Nevertheless, he also confirmed that the club’s chief scout, Graham Carr, will continue searching the French leagues with an eye on next summer’s transfer window, while exploring the hotbed of talent that is the Belgian and Dutch top flight.