Newcastle are looking to sign players who possesses three specific qualities.
Head scout Graham Carr has been told to find players who follow a specific set of guidelines passed down to him from owner Mike Ashley.
All players have to be younger than 25-years-old, have a maximum wage demand of £40,000-per-week, and have the potential to play in the Champions League - whether with Newcastle or at a new club.
It is clear that Newcastle’s transfer policy is to sign younger players with the potential to improve, and the tight wage restrictions suggest that Ashley is still looking to see through a profit-making running of the Magpies.
By signing younger players on small wages, Newcastle can then sell these players onto other Premier League sides in the future, making a profit and ensuring the club’s survival.
This policy has been the way Ashley has run the club since they returned to the Premier League from the Championship, and it has served the club well, even if on-pitch performances have lacked.
Bright stars are signed, but generally are sold before they reach their peak, whilst refusing to budge from these guidelines means Newcastle miss out on a number of players who would improve their team.
The players brought in over the summer transfer window fill this policy as well, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney all under 25, and with the potential to develop into great players.
Newcastle surely need to sign players in January if they are to improve their squad enough to stay in the Premier League, and even though they are looking for players to fulfil these qualities, Ashley should consider dropping his restrictions for the good of the Tyneside club.