We have already seen the likes of Ramires, Paulinho and Nikica Jelavic leave England for the Far East and with the sort of money available over there it is likely many will be following in suit.
And Howe believes the Premier League should be wary about it’s new competitors.
“It is early days but, moving forward, they will possibly continue to spend big money and players will be attracted there so it could make it more difficult for clubs to recruit,” Howe told the Daily Echo.
“It will be interesting to see the Premier League have a competitor because it has mainly dominated in terms of transfer fees and the income television brings”.
“They are certainly having a go and attracting some big names,” he added.
In terms of his own recruitment process, the former Burnley manager has ruled he will still look locally for players before branching out overseas.
But Howe has admitted the club are still in a transitional period and are always looking to improve in an attempt to keep up with the sides around them.
He said: “Although the January window has closed, [the recruitment department’s] role doesn’t change,”
“Whether that search is as widespread as it is for other clubs, I’m not sure. We’ve had a philosophy of going for mainly domestic players with one or two from the foreign market,” he added.
“Our net is not cast as wide as it is at a lot of Premier League clubs but I think at this stage in our progression, that’s where it needs to be.”