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Newcastle United: Key figure still behind the St. James’ Park scenes

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Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie says that transfer consultant Nick Hammond is still working behind the scenes at Newcastle having managed to help bring in some big-name signings in January. 

The former Celtic and Reading director of football was hired by the Magpies on a short-term deal following their  £305m takeover from the Saudi Arabia-based Public Investment Fund back in October. 

Hammond was instrumental as Newcastle brought in the likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Chris Wood and Kieran Trippier on their way to becoming Europe’s biggest spenders in the January window. 

As a result of their recruitment, the club are now firmly in mid-table despite being threatened with relegation for large parts of the season and Downie has revealed that he is still helping out.

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“I think he’s still working away in the background, to be honest. I think he is doing little bits and pieces and advising.

“What he did ahead of the winter window is he advised going into the window and then stepped back from it a little bit once the window opened and let them get on with the transactions.

“But I think he still is there, in the background, advising.”

TIF Thoughts on Newcastle and the upcoming window…

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An easy one to start with, where did Newcastle sign Bruno Guimaraes from?

Fan journalist Liam Kennedy made it clear after the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City that the Tyneside club will need at least three or four players to catch the group of teams trying to close the gap to the top two City and Liverpool. 

Backed by the world’s richest club owners, Newcastle look set for a busy summer of change although a recent report from The Telegraph did hint that the St. James’ Park club would only have £90m to spend when the window opens and that manager Eddie Howe will have to show ‘pragmatic ambition.’

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