Keith Downie has been speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Show about the role Nick Hammond will play at Newcastle United.
It has been reported that Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign Kieran Trippier, which will see the Magpies shell out £25 million for the defender, who did not take part in training with Atletico Madrid today.
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Someone who may well have had a role to play in agreeing a deal so early on in the window is Hammond, who is operating in a temporary role at St. James’ Park to help the new owners in the transfer market given their severe lack of experience.
Downie has revealed what Hammond will be doing exactly at Newcastle.
“They have employed Nick Hammond, formerly of Celtic and Reading – he was a director of football at both those clubs. He’s here to help out, really, to try and see transfers over the line, essentially a transfer specialist.
“So he’s come in already around a week or so ago, he’s already been very busy behind the scenes. A lot will fall on his shoulders this month before Newcastle bring that director of football in.”
TIF Thoughts on Hammond helping out Newcastle…
Hammond is not necessarily the high-profile figure that some Newcastle fans may have expected to arrive for this transfer window, as the likes of Luis Campos and Michael Emenalo had previously been linked with the director of football role, but Hammond has a chance to prove himself after failing at West Brom.
Judging by Downie’s information, something that Hammond will have been brought in for is to ensure that the owners and people such as Amanda Staveley are not taken advantage of in terms of paying over the odds for transfer fees and offering extortionate wages, which could be huge for how other clubs do business with Newcastle going forward.