Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Expects to Make Signings; Hughton Still Expects to Make New Signings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hughton Expects to Make Signings; Hughton Still Expects to Make New Signings

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Byline: Mark Douglas

CHRIS Hughton remains "very, very confident" of strengthening his Newcastle United squad with new signings - despite admitting he will be operating within financial constraints this summer.

United's budget has been the subject of plenty of speculation in the seven days since the extraordinary club statement that was released last Sunday.

Most of the focus has been trained on the phrase "no capital outlay" in relation to their recruitment plans, with some interpreting that to mean there will be no transfer fund for Hughton to add to the squad that topped the Championship last term.

Others, including Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn, believe the statement was a deliberate attempt to dampen expectations - and that there will indeed be cash to spend.

Hughton confirmed that he has been fully briefed by the club's hierarchy since the statement and says he is comfortable with what he has been told.

But he has resisted the opportunity to clarify the precise meaning of 'no capital outlay' or to confirm whether there will be money to pay transfer fees or if he'll be looking solely at out-of-contract and loan players this summer. Given the intense competition that will exist in the transfer market it is perhaps a sensible approach.

What he is prepared to say is that he is "confident" there will be new arrivals at St James' Park to supplement the squad for the club's forthcoming Premier League campaign.

"I'm very, very confident that we will be able to make additions from what I've been told," the manager said.

"I'm aware of where the club is financially and I'm aware of what the situation is and I am confident that we'll be able to strengthen the squad.

"My job now is to make sure we go into the season with a squad that is able to cope with what will be a tough season.

"As I have said before, I do believe that we have the nucleus of a squad good enough to keep us in the Premier League. …

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