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Newcastle United: Duncan Castles on pursuit of Dan Ashworth

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Duncan Castles has been speaking on The Transfer Window podcast about Newcastle United’s pursuit of Dan Ashworth.

Newcastle decided to only appoint a temporary director of football to help see the club through a crucial January transfer window in the form of Nick Hammond, and he appears to be already getting to work.

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This is because the Magpies are close to securing a move for Kieran Trippier, according to The Telegraph, while talks are thought to have intensified between Newcastle and Lille, which would see Sven Botman arrive on Tyneside, according to The Daily Mail.

If Newcastle want to progress and attain the club’s ambitions of winning the Premier League within 10 years, they will need someone as a director of football on a permanent basis and one that can work closely with the manager to build for the future – and PIF seem to have found their man in Brighton & Hove Albion’s Ashworth.

Castles has revealed how close a deal is to being completed between Newcastle and Ashworth.

“The guidance I have, and the feeling of Brighton is that he is leaning towards taking the job. I think we should see a resolution to that in the next few days.”

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According to Castles, the current Brighton technical director is reportedly going to bank a very healthy £2 million in wages per year, which is double what he’s currently earning on the south coast – as well as having untold riches to work with in the transfer market alongside Eddie Howe.

A video has recently surfaced on Twitter via Jake Humphrey of a conversation he had with Ashworth a few years ago before a Brighton match, and judging by the way some Newcastle fans have reacted to it, they’re very excited that someone with such a vision and experience of working for the FA could be heading to their club.

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