Transfers: Eddie Howe offers update
The boss has given an update to reporters about the work to recruit more players during this transfer window.
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"You are trying to lead me with your question, but it is a good question.
"We are now going into an area where we are still looking. We want to improve the squad. We are really pleased with what we have done but we know we have got more to do. But it has got to be the right one, in the right position. So it is not simple."
"When you look at how our squad is built, it is not a simple puzzle to solve. We are trying to do that as much as we can. We are working very, very hard. If I am not here talking to you or taking training and I am working on recruitment.
"A lot of work has gone into it, but it is hopefully going to be worth it because, as you say, the next move is probably one of the most important I will make.
"The ideal is to have all of your signings in before the start of pre-season. The reality is, particularly because of the length of the window, that was never going to happen.
"So to have three players in, and they've all settled really well, I am delighted. They have all settled in well and these trips are really good for them.
"This is where they really get to know each other behind-the-scenes. They have been exposed to the fundamental principles of our work. I think you start from a base of simple work and then you develop from there."
Newcastle continue to be linked with numerous players, with Leeds' Jack Harrison, Lucas Pacqueta of Lyon and Rennes' Kamaldeen Sulemana among the most frequently-mentioned names.
Howe's interview with Sky Sports News last week, from the Austrian training camp: