According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, ‘several more signings‘ could be set to arrive at Newcastle in the ‘coming days’ following Joelinton’s proposed move from Hoffenheim.
He claims that a move was sanctioned for Joelinton as soon as Steve Bruce’s arrival was confirmed yesterday, with him also reporting that the 58-year-old has now agreed to several other deals lined up by the club.
This suggests Steve Bruce doesn’t have a huge say on picking our transfer targets – which is no surprise given head of recruitment Steve Nickson appears to have taken up that role.
Instead it seems he just gives the ‘green light’ as our ‘head coach’ (not ‘manager’) to say he’s happy to sign the said player the club have lined up.
Here’s a snippet from Luke Edwards’ latest piece for the Telegraph, which drops a clear hint on the transfer front:
“Telegraph Sport revealed earlier this week that Brazilian striker Joelinton would move from Hoffenheim as soon as Bruce had been officially appointed and the former Sheffield Wednesday manager has also given a green light for several more signings to be made in the coming days.”
While no names are mentioned aside from Joelinton – who is reportedly closing in on a £36m move – you can all but guarantee that any new signings will be young players who fit into Mike Ashley’s transfer blue print.
New arrivals may be absolutely essential given we’ve downgraded our manager and been left with a paper-thin squad lacking in quality, but we must not be fooled – even if there is late influx of new arrivals.
After all, last minute sticky plasters won’t make up for the neglect and mass destruction that Mike Ashley has allowed this summer.