Frank McAvennie has called Tottenham and the other Premier League sides ‘childish’ after reports emerged that they may refuse to deal with Newcastle following their new takeover deal.
The Telegraph reported that a host of clubs in the top tier have been planning to operate an ‘anyone But Newcastle’ approach should the Magpies hold an interest in any of their players, with the opposition to their Saudi-led takeover still holding firm.
Reports emerged that the Tyneside club would look to recruit players with Premier League experience in January, which could include Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.
As such, new manager Eddie Howe faces a challenge off the pitch as well as on it, with Newcastle potentially set to struggle to land their desired targets as a result of the alleged boycott.
Former West Ham striker McAvennie has criticised Tottenham’s stance on the matter and believes Newcastle will be able to find a way around these issues like Manchester City have in the past.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “What a load of nonsense. Which clubs are pushing this, Tottenham? They were always against it.
“It’s so childish. I’m sure they said the same thing when Man City were taken over and look what happened there.
“Whatever happens, whether it takes five or six years, Newcastle will be challenging. They will win trophies, the Tottenhams of the world can’t stop that.
“There are two things, Newcastle could easily just sign players from outside the Premier League. Also, if Newcastle are the only club interested in a player, that club will sell.
“Money talks, no one knows that better than Tottenham.”
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Newcastle’s takeover deal being so fresh has hindered them and the anger felt by the rest of the Premier League regarding its controversy is still present. Clubs know the Magpies have money now, so aren’t going to be pushovers when it comes to demanding fees.
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