'A new level', Eddie Howe's exciting transfer vow as Newcastle United crank up recruitment

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe believes the devil is in the detail when it comes to his summer refresh in the transfer market.

Some popular figures behind the scenes left the club yesterday as Paul Dummett and Matt Ritchie brought the curtain down on their careers at St James' Park. And departures such as Jeff Hendrick, Loris Karius and Kell Watts will cut the club's wage bill slightly.

But now the head coach must go about his business of replacing them and making sure there is a layer of back-up at United.

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Howe said: "I know the positions and the type of detail of the player we are trying to bring to the club. That is best kept with me.

"For you guys (media) it's a case of we are looking to improve every area of the team. If there's a player we feel that can take the team to a new level we will look at it."

Howe paid tribute to the departing clutch of players yesterday and reflected: "It’s easy to judge players by appearances and goals, but the contribution made to the club by Paul and Matt in particular really has been immeasurable over many years. They have had a huge influence on our progress as a team and as a club.

“They have been incredible people and players to work with. Their dedication, professionalism and leadership in the dressing room during my time here has been first class, and they will bring undoubted quality and experience to their next clubs."