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Newcastle United: Keith Downie claims a maximum of two late signings amid Ashby talks

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Newcastle United’s transfer business is likely to stretch to the signing of West Ham United right-back Harrison Ashby and one more addition on deadline day.

That is according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, who was speaking to This is Futbol about the club’s potential business as the transfer window draws to a close.

Eddie Howe has welcomed four new faces to St. James’ Park this summer and could welcome one more in the form of West Ham United’s Ashby today.

The Daily Mail reports that the 20-year-old could be brought in to fill the gap left by Emil Krafth, who has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

And Downie believes that the club will make no more than one addition to the squad today, though a second arrival is possible.

He said: “The maximum they would do today would be Ashby and one more.

“There would be room in their 25-man squad to bring in one more player, but that would mean that Jonjo Shelvey would have to be left out of the 25-man squad until January.

“He’s obviously counted at the moment, but he’s got that injury.

“But they expect to have him back in a couple of months.”

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TIF Thoughts on Downie’s comments

We believe that Newcastle fans will be disappointed to hear that the club are unlikely to make more than one significant signing this deadline day, especially with there being nothing imminent on the horizon as it stands.

The club have had a solid transfer window thus far, and the signing of Real Sociedad and Sweden striker Alexander Isak for around £60m may have taken a significant proportion out of the club’s transfer budget for the summer.

Therefore, despite the fact that Magpies fans may be slightly disappointed with the lack of activity on deadline day, the Newcastle faithful can be satisfied with the club’s business this summer.

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