Journalist says one club could break the PL’s ‘silent agreement’ in order to help Newcastle

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Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Duncan Castles has been speaking about Newcastle United and their January transfer plans.

Newcastle will, of course, want to recruit some new talent in January after their takeover, but there has reportedly been something of a plan to stop the Magpies’ ascendency, as other Premier League clubs are reportedly unwilling to do any deals with United.

However, while Castles says there’s a ‘silent agreement’ between the Premier League clubs to attempt to slow Newcastle’s growth, he also claims that Manchester City are the only club Newcastle think they’ll be able to deal with.

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What’s been said?

Castles spoke of this so-called ‘silent agreement’.

“There has been advice given to them to sign Premier League proven players, to try and delete the adaptation from another country issue that often happens. However, they are conscious, I am told, that other Premier League clubs are setting up an agreement between themselves, a silent agreement, that they will not sell or loan players to Newcastle in January in order to make it as difficult as possible for them to stay in the division,” Castles said.

“The feeling at Newcastle United, I’m told, is that the only club they will easily be able to trade with is Manchester City and I think you can see for obvious reasons why Manchester City would be willing to help a club that is being targeted for related-party sponsorship transactions at present.”

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Not the worst position to be in

Newcastle may not be able to deal with 18 of the other Premier League clubs, but Manchester City are probably the one team you want to have on your side.

City have so many talented players on their books who could help Newcastle stay up.

Just look at the type of players City have who aren’t regulars in the starting XI this season. Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nathan Ake and Riyad Mahrez would all instantly become some of Newcastle’s best players if they were brought in.

This situation isn’t ideal for Newcastle, but it could be so much worse.

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