Dan Ashworth makes transfer window pledge as Newcastle close in on three signings


Newcastle United are looking to his ground running as the summer transfer window opens and new sporting director Dan Ashworth has made a vow that will excite Toon fans during his first week in the job

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Newcastle United's Sporting Director Dan Ashworth poses for photographs at St.  James Park on June 07, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Serena Taylor / Newcastle United via Getty Images)
Dan Ashworth was recently appointed as Newcastle’s new sporting director and will work closely with boss Eddie Howe on transfers

Newcastle chief Dan Ashworth has pledged to “drive” early action in the transfer window as the club closes in on a trio of new faces.

The new Sporting director says he has taken immediate charge of helping coach Eddie Howe rejig United’s first team so they can hit “higher ambitions in the league and cups” next season.

Newcastle are closing in on Reims striker Hugo Ekitike on loan with a view to a £ 25m deal. Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett is sealing a move today in a £ 12m swoop, in keeping with Ashworth’s admission there are “lots of things on the (transfer) to do list…”

They are also still in the hunt for Holland defender Sven Botman, 22, in a tug of war with AC Milan for the Lille star, with claims the Italian club have backed off this week. Howe has broken off from his daily holiday briefly to take several calls this week with Ashworth, who took charge on Monday. Ashworth described Howe’s role in delivering success as “hugely pressured” and hinted at action to make the squad much more competitive.

He said: “We are about to start a transfer window so of course there are a lot of things on the to-do list there, with players in, and players out and players moving around… some of the things Eddie wants to do for the first team squad. Short term it is trying to drive the transfer window for the next three months.

“I am part of an important team. We are here to help the club become better, more successful, more established in the Premier League, and hopefully go on and have higher ambitions in leagues and cups. I also have to understand the culture of the club and where everyone fits. What is going well and where are the gaps. ”

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Newcastle face a battle to sign Sven Botman with AC Milan also interested in the Lille star


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Ashworth says Newcastle have “momentum” after a remarkable change in fortunes since January, when they spent £ 94m in the transfer market, and went on to win 12 of their last 18 games, losing only five. He explained: “There is momentum with the club. From afar you can see it. The players signed in January seem to have given the club and team some impetus and the results since January have been fantastic.

WSo Eddie and his staff have done a wonderful job and there seems to be a sense of togetherness from afar, the way the first team have captured the supporters imagination and appetite hopefully for a future and further seasons. ”

Ashworth says he will knit together expertise at the club, like he did at the FA and West Brom and Brighton. He added: “Eddie’s role is highly pressured and is about driving performance and results at the weekend. (Chief scout) Steve Nixon is about bringing players in.

Matt Targett’s permanent move is set to be completed this week


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“Shola (Ameobi) is about loaning the players out. Steve Harper is about developing young players. The medical department is about preventing injuries and getting people back to fitness. Everyone is working to a high level. Sometimes there are things they miss if you do not join departments. ”

Ashworth said of Howe: “He is away on holiday but we have spoken several times. He is probably sick of me already. I will try to leave him alone a bit. I know Eddie previously, and we have come across each other. I admire him a lot and have great respect for him and he has done a wonderful job at Bournemouth and here at Newcastle and he will go far. I have had great first impressions. Walking round the stadium the size of the club hits home. Any new project really excites me and inspires me. With new owners and Eddie coming in and some of the aspirations of things we want to drive through women’s, academy, training ground and first team it was really attractive. ”

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