NEWCASTLE United look set to don a new away strip of green and white next season.

Reports suggest that Newcastle will wear the traditional colours of Saudi Arabia as part of their away kit, whose public investment fund own 80% of the club.

The shirt, developed by the Magpies current kit manufacturer Castore, is likely to attract critisicm due to matters concerning human rights abuses in the country.

However, it's suggested that the shirt design has been seen as an opportunity to increase revenue streams in Saudi Arabia and have some form of representation in the country.

Questions will continue to be asked about Newcastle's links to the Saudi state with head coach Eddie Howe continously being asked throughout the season. He has promised to do his research as he said earlier this season: “Yes, definitely I’ve done that (read up on Saudi Arabia) and will continue to do so.

"It’s a difficult one for everyone concerned, I understand that questions have to be asked, I have no problems with that.

“But I have always said my specialist subject is football – it’s what I know, it’s what I’ve trained to do. As soon as I deviate from that into an area where I don’t feel qualified to have a huge opinion, I think I go into dangerous ground.

“So I prefer to stick to what I believe I know. I’m hugely proud to represent this football club, the supporters and the city. I’m trying to create a team the city can be proud of, all my energy is going into that.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle have announced the appointment of Majed al Sorour, chief executive of Golf Saudi, as a club director.