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Newcastle United: Craig Hope claims no transfers are imminent on Tyneside

Newcastle United do not have any transfer deals which are anywhere close to completion currently on Tyneside – albeit just a matter of days into the window.

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Eddie Howe’s men continued their quest for a spot in next season’s Champions League with a seriously impressive result in their first game of 2023 away to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

On the back of the point picked up in north London, journalist Craig Hope took to his YouTube channel where he addressed the result and a number of news topics.

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One of them was Dan Ashworth’s early work in the January transfer window, in which Hope suggested there is nothing close to being done at St. James’ Park just yet:

“I think Eddie’s [Howe] just said in his post-match interview that nothing is imminent transfer-wise. And that’s certainly the message that we’re getting back at the moment.”

Steady Eddie

What Newcastle have shown this season has been nothing short of stunning with just one defeat – which came in dramatic fashion – to their name having now played 18 games in the Premier League.

Almost halfway through the 2022/23 campaign, Howe’s men are showing themselves to be serious contenders for a spot in the top four as they sit just nine points off the top of the table.

There is the notion this impressive start to the campaign has put forward a big opportunity for Newcastle to strengthen whilst they are ahead this month to bolster their hopes to finish inside the top four.

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And we do think that is certainly something which should be considered by the Newcastle owners who have backed Howe more than sufficiently since his arrival in 2021.

However, from what we have seen so far this season, there are very few signs shown by Newcastle to suggest that they need to act fast in this January transfer window.

Yes, the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool are looking to improve, but the Toon have more than shown their ability to compete with the best the Premier League has to offer having already taken nine points away from the ‘big six’ this season.

Given the Magpies have suffered from a few injury setbacks and there is some concern surrounding FFP limiting their spending, we don’t think there is much of a need to do much more than bring in a couple of options to boost the squad depth.

Howe should be boosted by the return of his £63m signing Alexander Isak who will feel like a potential boost given he has only played three games since signing back in the summer.

If Newcastle can get the Swede back on the pitch at some point soon, then this could feel like a new signing in itself and provide some relief up top with Callum Wilson having his own issues of late seeing him benched against Leeds.