Newcastle United 'hire' transfer consultant

Newcastle United have hired Nick Hammond as a “transfer consultant”, according to reports.

Hammond has reportedly joined the club on a short-term deal. The former Celtic and Reading director of football , it’s reported, will “oversee the January transfer window”.

The relegation-threatened club is looking to strengthen its squad next month, and has been looking to appoint a director of football.

Speaking late last month head coach Eddie Howe said: "I think to get the structure we want in place will be important for the long-term benefit of the club, for sure.

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“It's something I know that the club is looking at and when they believe they've identified the right people, that will happen. But, at this moment in time, I'm happy working in the way that we are, focusing on the team of players and focusing on the training pitch. I'm sure everything else, in time, will take care of itself."