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Newcastle hire ex-Celtic transfer specialist on urgent short-term contract to help secure at least three key deals

NEWCASTLE is reported to have hired former Celtic football executive Nick Hammond as an interim adviser ahead of the January transfer window.

Hammond comes to Newcastle languishing in the relegation zone, before an important opening month is the new year.

Hammond is going to St. James'Park in the short term

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Hammond is going to St. James ‘Park in the short termCredit: PA: Empics Sport

He is set to provide his knowledge of transfers when the club wants to finish at least FATHER contract in January, according to The Athletic.

It is reported that The Magpies are prioritizing a central midfielder, central defender and full-back to immediately enter the field and improve the main squad.

Hammond will come as a temporary solution as the super-rich club look to appoint a permanent director of football.

Reports suggest he is not being considered for the role of director of football on a full-time basis.

He can influence the person who is ultimately appointed to the role.

Hammond himself is a former director of football at Read, played his part in promoting the club up Premier League in 2006.

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He also had a stint as technical director at West Brom.

For sale at-Chelsea Director of football Michael Emenalo has been linked with the role of director of football at St. James’ Park, though Newcastle have denied that he has been offered the job.

An attacking midfielder and forward is also rumored to be on Eddie Howe’s favorites list, although a complete overhaul in January is a risky move.

Kieran Trippier is their top target, while Jesse Lingard, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski also on radar.

But former Magpie Jermaine Jenas told BT Sport the club could be ‘burnt’ by ‘mercenaries’ in their ‘desperate’ attempt to beat the slump.

He said, “They’re going to go through that, the mercenaries turn around and take the money. It’s just… I don’t think you can. [stop that].

“They’re desperate right now and they’re hungry for anything they can get that will help them keep them in this league.

“And in despair, you’ll be stung.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17068121/newcastle-hammond-transfer-guru-emergency-deal/ Newcastle hire ex-Celtic transfer specialist on urgent short-term contract to help secure at least three key deals

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