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Premier League clubs met today to discuss new financial rules that could affect Newcastle United.

Updated: Apr 30

The club will need to navigate strict FFP and PSR regulations again this summer. 

Eddie Howe, the manager, has already been given an indication of his spending limit. Although there was talk of an NBA-style "luxury tax," the current PSR rulebook will be in place again this summer. However, Premier League clubs are discussing potential changes with Richard Masters and top-flight chiefs. Some wealthy clubs argue that the global brand of the Premier League will be in danger of losing its status as the best league in the world if the rules are not relaxed to allow them to attract top players. However, less wealthy sides and rivals are concerned about Newcastle's spending potential if the rules are relaxed, while the traditional top six clubs fear Newcastle breaking the league's monopoly. 

Newcastle spent nothing in January, so they will have some flexibility. However, the current harsh rules have resulted in relegation-haunted Nottingham Forest and Everton struggling, so the Saudi-backed Magpies must budget accordingly. Outgoing business, with the club set to sell Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis, will also be a factor. Clearing the likes of Jeff Hendrick and Loris Karius off the wage bill will help, and losing Fraser, Lewis and Hendrick alone will save Newcastle around £840,000 per month in wages. 

The fans are most interested in the caliber of summer transfers. Newcastle has spent over £400 million on transfers since the takeover and must be creative in their approach to the next window. Howe hinted at the prospect of signing players with potential recently and said that they have to sign and develop players with the potential to become world-class. Head of recruitment Steve Nickson and senior scout Mick Tait have been scouting players already playing in England. It means that a tricky summer lies ahead for Howe and his backroom team as they look to add quality to their current squad rather than quantity.

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