Eddie Howe trip to Liverpool ‘explained’ as Michael Edwards tipped for shock Newcastle deal
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is a target for Newcastle United after they appointed Eddie Howe as their new manager, according to a report.
Former Bournemouth boss Howe and Edwards are said to be very close friends.
And it has been claimed that the new Newcastle manager wants to call on the Liverpool transfer supremo’s expertise as a new era at St James’ Park begins.
Edwards’ contract at Liverpool expires in the summer and it is unknown whether the club will be able to convince the man who is held in such high regard to stay on Merseyside.
The duo worked together while at Portsmouth in the early 2000s and have ‘remained extremely close’.
The report also claims that Howe, before he was officially unveiled by Newcastle, met up with Edwards at Anfield during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid last week.
Edwards has been the mastermind behind the captures of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and many others at Liverpool who have gone on to win the Champions League and Premier League while at the club.
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It was reported in the summer that Edwards could leave his role at the Reds in search of a new challenge – and Newcastle certainly would be one as they embark on a new journey under the richest football club owners in the world.
Edwards would have the freedom in Tyneside to pursue the most ambitious of targets given the financial backing the club now has, under its Saudi Arabia owners.
However, Liverpool have not given up in their hope to persuade Edwards to extend his stay on Merseyside.