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Eddie Howe drops hint on Newcastle United's summer spending plans and insists there is 'ambition'

By Lee Ryder

Eddie Howe has dropped a hint over Newcastle United's spending power this summer with the Financial Fair Play rules set to impact the next window.

Howe spent £91million in January and there have been reports that this summer's budget could be even less, although a similar spending spree to the winter window would not be against the rules and there are loan deals and free transfers to factor in too. But Howe is preparing an important trading period.

Speaking at his Press conference ahead of Monday's clash with Arsenal, Howe said: "FFP does impact what we can do in the summer but it doesn't mean we're totally without ambition. We're well aware that we have to change the squad and we have to make improvements but it's going to be a difficult balance."

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Howe stated on Sunday, after the 5-0 trouncing at Man City, that Newcastle will be saying goodbye to some familiar faces in the summer. He added today: "We've sat down and discussed the squad and I think we have a very good vision of where we want to take the team.

"Now the hard part comes where you have to reshape the squad, both ins and outs, and try to come back with a better squad.

"There's an element of truth in that. "With Financial Fair Play, we have restraints and we have things that we have to work within, so we can't just go out and spend money on players like maybe teams could have done in the past and totally change their squad within one transfer window.

“That is not an option for us. "The more money you spend in one window, the more it impacts your ability to then spend in windows beyond.

"The rules are there to govern the game properly and we have to follow suit, so that does impact what we can do this summer. "We want to try to bring the right players in, ones that are proud to wear the shirt and that can make a difference.

"Everyone wants to go quickly, that is very difficult to do. It is about smart decisions. "We're well aware that we have to change the squad and we have to make improvements, but it's going to be a difficult balance."

United though can plan ahead because they were assured of their Premier League status on Wednesday evening by virtue of Chelsea's victory over Leeds. The Yorkshire club can no longer catch Newcastle along with relegated Watford and Norwich.

Howe said: "It's an amazing feeling to be mathematically safe. It's great to finally have achieved the objective we set out to do and full credit to the players who, from minute one, have given us everything. Everyone associated with the club has played their part in what has been a remarkable turnaround in form, which we needed. To have two games spare to do it in is not something we thought we'd be able to do but it's great to be in this position."

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