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Harper on NUFC's transfer activity: No need to panic

Former NUFC goalkeeper Steve Harper believes there's no need to worry about the lack of summer signings. Credit: PA Images

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper believes there's no need to panic over the Magpies' lack of summer signings.

Newcastle haven't made any new signings so far in this transfer window, although they have been linked with several names.

There's also been reported interest in midfielder Mikel Merino, who has a release clause in his contract, and winger Matt Ritchie.

However, former NUFC shot-stopper Harper thinks there's nothing to worry about.

He said: "I'm not worried about the situation, because every time there's a big tournament on, whether it be the Euros or the World Cup, things tend to go quiet. Not much business has gone on."

Harper's concern is that when the tournament finishes it could leave time for transfers a little tight.

"The slight concern is when the World Cup finishes, there is quite a short window until the season starts and the window closes early so hopefully it'll be a hectic few weeks.

"I think a positive sign is that the manager was up in Newcastle the other day. So talks are underway, which can only be a good sign."

Newcastle secured a top ten spot last season, finishing in tenth, although manager Rafael Benitez has repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen the squad.