Eddie Howe reveals transfer stance on Dominik Szoboszlai after Newcastle lost out to Liverpool

Newcastle United were unable to add Hungary star to their squad this summer. Eddie Howe has opened up on Newcastle United’s bid to sign Hungary star Dominik Szoboszlai – admitting he would have loved to have captured the Liverpool man this summer.

In the end, it was the Reds who triggered his near £60million release clause but the 22-year-old has since made it clear he wanted the move to Anfield.

Nevertheless, Newcastle scouted the former RB Leipzig star last year and Howe says he was keen on the box to box midfielder.

Howe said: “Yeah for sure we liked him. He’s had a really good start to his career and is captain of his country from a young age. That tells you everything about his mentality.

Very technical and yeah it would be quite an expensive purchase for us. So there’s lots that go into every different transfer but he’s certainly one that we liked.”

The Hungary ace’s move to Liverpool eventually went through on July 2 after it became clear that the Reds were prepared to pay his release clause.

The ex-RB Salzburg player himself said then: “For me, it was perfect to make the next step in a club like this. The fans, the stadium, everything is really good.”

In the build-up to the Liverpool game, Howe also stated he wanted Jeff Hendrick and Isaac Hayden to find clubs and follow Ryan Fraser out the exit door.

He said: “Keeping players that aren’t in the 25-man squad would be negative for them and for us. Hopefully, we can do what we need to do – and everybody gets what they need at the end of the window.”

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