Newcastle ready to make transfer window ‘exception’ to add Premier League experience

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

Newcastle United are ready to make an “exceptions” to the club’s transfer policy in a bid to add Premier League experience to Steve McClaren’s struggling side.

The club spent more than £50million in the summer, but none of the club’s five signings had previous experience of English football’s top flight.

And 19th-placed United are planning to invest again in January’s transfer window.

In recent years, the bulk of the club’s acquisitions have been sourced from the continent, but head coach McClaren is understood to have more Premier League experience in his squad.

Newcastle were asked whether it would change its policy at a recent meeting of the Fans Forum. And supporters were told: “The club’s policy on recruitment remains unchanged, however it may consider exceptions in specific circumstances.”

A fan representative also asked whether the club’s transfer policy was “under review” given the team’s poor start to the season.

The club replied: “(The transfer policy) focuses on buying players whose careers are on the way up, rather than buying players who are nearing the end of their careers.”

Meanwhile, the redevelopment of United’s training ground, which had been due to start in May, has been delayed.

l Newcastle have accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control their players during last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

However, the club has asked for their case to be re-assessed after submitting mitigation over the incident, which surrounded captain Fabricio Coloccini’s dismissal.