Any interest from Newcastle United in Odsonne Edouard has been put on hold with the EPL side putting all of their scouting staff on Furlough Leave.
As recently as this week some reports claimed that Steve Bruce’s side were preparing a bid for the Celtic striker who is under contract until June 2022.
There’s little doubt that Edouard is in the thoughts of dozens of clubs across Europe but right now they have more basic matters to concentrate on such as survival.
Newcastle United have temporarily closed their scouting department and put all recruitment staff, including Head Steve Nickson, on furlough leave – in responsive to outbreak #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) April 1, 2020
Newcastle Eyeing Ambitious Move for Celtic Forward Odsonne Édouard https://t.co/XWTlqeXtCk
— Newcastle Utd News (@NUFC__Toon) March 30, 2020
— Scottish Sun Sport (@scotsunsport) March 30, 2020
— Newcastle Fans TV (@NewcastleFansTV) March 30, 2020
The broadcasting deals which under-write the transfer market are under threat with every blank weekend having an impact on the game.
Clubs are suddenly realising how exposed they are to be annual £100m plus payment that they collect simply for completing 38 EPL matches each season. Completing this season’s fixtures is the priority as the reality of massive wage bills is highlighted.
Whenever football returns it is likely to be a buyers’ market with clubs looking to move on players on lucrative long-term contracts with a large pool of free agents unable to demand anything like the terms they would have anticipated a few months ago.