Considering Charnley is haggling over Bruce’s compensation fee and the fact we have LESS than 4 weeks left to do business, this is a serious case of ‘I’ll believe this when I see it’!
Nevertheless, Liam Kennedy’s report states that the club are in for TWO forwards, a winger, two full-backs (claiming a left-back is a priority) and a goalkeeper.
The report also claims that Head of Recruitment has already lined up a list of targets, with Hoffenheim striker Joelinton and Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin said to feature prominently on that shortlist.
The pair have been linked on several occasions over the past few weeks – despite the fact we have been left manager-less following Rafa’s exit – however neither would come cheap.
It’s absolutely essential that we spend big and sign well to replace Rondon and Perez, but you would have to question A) whether these two would join Steve Bruce’s NUFC and B) whether we’d pay the sort of money it would take to sign both (£50-£60m!).
Both the Chronicle and Sky Sports have claimed recently that we have a ‘couple of deals’ lined up, with Mark Douglas hinting at the possible arrival of Joelinton.
This all but confirms the idea that the new ‘head coach’ will only have so much say on transfers, with it seeming as though Steve Nickson is taking up a Graham Carr style role at the club following Rafa’s exit.
Either way, we need to seriously pull our finger out if we plan to bring in SIX much needed new signings over the next 25 days!