A classy response from the manager.
Eddie Howe has responded to rumours linking Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek with Newcastle United.
Reports emerged during the week that Van de Beek was set to be offered to Newcastle on loan, in a move that would aim to suit all parties.
Van de Beek would get far more playing time, United would get a better look at him playing in the Premier League, and Newcastle would get a very talented midfielder to help them in their relegation battle.
However, when Howe was asked about whether or not there was any truth to the story, he kept his cards very close to his chest.
Donny van de Beek to Newcastle?
He was asked about the Dutch international after already explicitly stating he wasn’t going to be discussing players who are currently with other teams.
When van de Beek’s name was mentioned, he said: “I’m not going to comment on other people’s players. I’ve never done that in my career, and I won’t start now.”
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Eddie Howe refuses to comment on individual names linked to Newcastle United despite the reporters determination pic.twitter.com/huSmqHFER8
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 14, 2022
One thing that Howe was willing to discuss, however, was the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley.
Chris Wood signs for Newcastle
The New Zealand striker signed for relegation rivals Newcastle this week, but Howe insists he was not signed to weaken Burnley, but purely to strengthen his own team.
He said: “It was all about the right player. As I’ve said, that was the key thing. We’ve got that with Chris and his attributes.
“He’s someone that we needed. We needed a focal point in our attack, we needed someone who can score goals, we needed someone who can lead the line. Chris ticks all of those boxes. He’s Premier League ready.
If Newcastle can add van de Beek in a transfer window that has seen them already bring in Wood and Kieran Trippier, then they could start to feel really confident about staying up this season.
They play Watford in a crucial game this weekend, while Burnley’s game against Leicester has been postponed due to Covid.