NEWCASTLE UNITED will push for an early resolution to Tosin Adarabioyo and Lloyd Kelly’s transfer situations, with Eddie Howe revealing the club’s summer plans are already at an advanced stage.

Howe and his players are currently in Australia, where they will play exhibition matches against Tottenham and an A-League All Stars team this week, but back on Tyneside, the club’s recruitment work ahead of the reopening of the transfer window is cranking up.

Senior Newcastle officials have already held detailed discussions over both Adarabioyo and Kelly, both of whom are due to become free agents when their contracts at Fulham and Bournemouth respectively expire next month.

Adarabioyo has informed the Fulham hierarchy he will not be signing a new contract at Craven Cottage, and while Manchester United have been linked with a possible move for the 26-year-old in recent days, he is understood to be heavily leaning towards a move to Tyneside.

Kelly has also decided not to sign a new deal with his current employers, Bournemouth, and is set to reunite with Howe, who was the Cherries boss who persuaded him to move to the Vitality Stadium from Bristol City in 2019.

“I think right now, with the season ending, I see it very difficult (that Kelly stays at Bournemouth), admitted Andoni Iraola, after introducing the defender as a second-half substitute during Sunday’s season-ending defeat at Chelsea. “I think probably he will play somewhere else.”


Newcastle’s recruitment team are confident that will be at Newcastle, with Howe confirming that plans for the early stages of the transfer window are already firmly in place.

“My thoughts on the transfer window have probably been there since January, February time,” revealed the Magpies boss. “The minute one window shuts, you’re planning for the next one.

“A lot of work has gone into the summer window. We’re trying to be smart and clever about what we’re doing, as we’ve tried to be since we came to the football club.

“It’s a very difficult market to navigate, and as I’ve said many times, it’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen. I can’t predict what we’re going to do – but the endeavour will be there to improve the squad.”

As has been the case in the last few windows, Newcastle’s recruitment decisions will be affected by the constraints of the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability regulations. The amount they can spend on transfer fees and wages will be heavily influenced by potential sales, so as a result, Howe says it is impossible to come up with a potential budget for the club’s summer business.

“I don’t think it quite works like that these days,” he said. “The whole way of trading players has changed. The days of that working, where you have a strict budget and have to stick to it, has changed, I think.

“It’s a case of being smart and reacting to what happens, and trying to bring the right players with the right characteristics into the squad. That support and determination is there from the owners, but the rules mean there are restrictions placed upon us.”