'No chance': TalkSPORT pundit says Eddie Howe would never sign £13m player for Newcastle United
Newcastle are flying high in the Premier League at the moment and after an impressive run of form they went into the World Cup break in third place.
Much of the Magpies’ success has been down to their astute business in the transfer market and Howe getting the best out of their squad.
They’ve not pushed the boat out as of yet by bringing in marquee signings since the change of ownership. Newcastle did splash £63 million on Alexander Isak (Sky Sports), but he’s very much seen as a long-term investment for the club.
But Newcastle have been linked with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo in recent days. The Portuguese star is now a free agent after Manchester United announced that his deal had been terminated by mutual consent.
But Murphy says that Howe wouldn’t take the 37-year-old at St James’ Park due to two reasons.
Howe would never sign Ronaldo
TalkSPORT’s Simon Jordan suggested that Ronaldo to Newcastle could be a possibility. But Murphy shut Jordan down and feels there’s no chance of Ronaldo ending up at St James’ Park.
Murphy: “No chance. I don’t for a couple of reasons – one is they’ve already got Isak who they spent a lot of money on who’s going to need a lot of game time, him and Wilson sharing that role. So, if you throw Ronaldo into that, what happens with Isak?
“Furthermore, when you look at Eddie Howe and what he’s trying to achieve with that Newcastle side – front-foot, high tempo, press, unity, stability, team spirit.
“I think even if they offered him on a plate Eddie Howe would say ‘no thanks’.”
90 Min reported today that Ronaldo’s representatives have reached out to Newcastle to ask about the possibility of them signing the forward. But the Magpies have apparently turned down the chance to offer him a contract.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest football players of all time and has been at the top of the game for around 15 years now.
He enjoyed a decent season in Manchester last time out after his £13 million move but it’s become apparent that United are a better team without him in the starting line-up.
Newcastle have been smart in terms of their dealings and it would be a huge risk to sign him right now.
Howe’s men are in a really good place at the moment and they don’t need a player who could potentially rock the boat at St James’ Park.
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