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Demba Ba – Toon playing transfers “smart”

Former Newcastle striker Demba Ba had praised his club’s “smart” approach in the transfer market.

Toon have strengthened this summer with the signings of Sven Botman and Nick Pope, while bringing Matt Targett back on a permanent deal.

But Eddie Howe and Co have not splashed the cash as much as some people were expecting them to.

And Ba told iNews: “It looks like a long-term thing for them. Everyone was expecting something like Manchester City from Newcastle but actually, no.

“My question is: ‘What are the long-term goals?’ For City, for PSG you understood straight away what their goal was – we need to win the Champions League, no matter how.

“We must build our legacy and how much will it cost us? We don’t care. With Newcastle United, it’s like they came in, everyone expected them to splash the cash and kill the transfer market but no.

“They are building a team rather than buying individuals and I would like to know what their objectives are this season, five years down the road and 10 years down the road.

“I’m sure they would like to win the Champions League but the way they are moving forward they are building the foundations. And I think it’s smart.”

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