Newcastle issue brutal 18-month wait to Man United as Magpies stick to guns in Dan Ashworth row

Newcastle United are prepared to make Manchester United wait 18 months until they can utilise sporting director Dan Ashworth.

The Magpies are unfazed by Sir Jim Ratcliffe's latest public comments on the situation with no compensation agreed for the transfer supremo who resigned back in February. It is understood that Newcastle are holding out for a financial package as high as £20million in order to release Ashworth from his contract.

Ashworth will be free that legal framework in 18 months time but Newcastle have turned down a paltry more recent offer of £3m for his services. Ratcliffe said on Bloomberg this week: "Newcastle are just being very difficult and very awkward about Dan. Until you get the people in, it's quite difficult to drive the change and it's just frustrating."

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But back on Tyneside this week, Newcastle have been focusing on their own transfer business with the Ashworth affair parked for the time being.

Matt Targett decision for Newcastle

The left-back spent the second half of last season on the sidelines with a hamstring injury but as the PSR health check deadline draws ever nearer, the defender is on a list of potential departures at United.

Signed from Aston Villa for £13million in 2022, Targett has cut a frustrated figure with injuries and the arrival of other left-sided players restricting his opportunities. With Newcastle about to push the button on a £28m deal for Lewis Hall, it could lead to Targett being offloaded in the summer window.

Targett made just seven appearances last season before being hit with a hamstring issue in the opening moments of the 3-0 win over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

Miguel Almiron's Copa America adventure about to get under way

The Newcastle star's future is up in the air as the Magpies ponder a sale this summer in order to balance the books. But for now Almiron is fully focused on international duty with Paraguay.

Paraguay line up against Colombia in Group D of the Copa America at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Monday. Almiron's presence at a tournament that stretches across the PSR deadline make life awkward for Newcastle in terms of negotiating his sale.

Almiron has previously made it clear that he does not want to leave St James' Park amid interest from the Saudi Pro League and other Premier League clubs according to his agent Daniel Campo.