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English clubs voted against temporary ban on loan moves for players between associated clubs

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English clubs voted against temporary ban on loan moves for players between associated clubs

A two-third majority was needed for the temporary ban to be approved.

Premier League clubs have reportedly voted against a temporary ban on loan moves for players between associated clubs in the winter transfer window. It will allow Newcastle United to negotiate deals with teams in the Saudi Pro League.

Newcastle has the same ownership, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). The same fund share stakes in Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al Ittihad and Al-Ahll.

Al-Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves is on the radar of Newcastle and the Magpies want to sign him on loan. He joined the Saudi Pro League just six months after leaving Wolves for a reported £47m in the summer.

The Magpies are also showing interest in Al-Hilal teammate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Al-Ahli’s Gabri Veiga and Al Ittihad’s N’Golo Kante. Eddie Howe is looking to recruit a replacement for midfielder Sandro Tonali who is serving the ban of 10 months.

Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs attended a shareholders meeting at The Churchill Hotel in London to cast their vote on the matter. A two-third majority was needed for the temporary ban to be approved.

According to reports, blocking associated-party loan deals failed to meet the required threshold by just one vote. Not just, Newcastle but also some other clubs have multi-club models.

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