The piece claims that a move for McNeil – a 19-year-old winger rated highly by the Clarets – has been a ‘priority’ for the club for ‘some time’, however they report that Burnley’s valuation is £30m.
With that in mind, it sounds like classic Mike Ashley that we’ll make a £15m move for him!
As for Davies, this is a bit of an odd one, with us well stocked in the centre-back area. The 23-year-old can operate at left-back – an area we’re short in – but Nixon claims Bruce is a ‘huge admirer’ of the Englishman.
Here’s a snippet from the Sun’s piece, which also claims that Dwight Gayle looks ‘set’ to leave for £15m:
‘NEWCASTLE want to grab Burnley’s £30million-rated starlet Dwight McNeil to kick-start Steve Bruce’s new era.
‘The Toon plan a signing spree and speedy winger McNeil is on their hitlist as they look for an injection of pace.
‘McNeil, 19, is valued highly by the Clarets after his sensational first season, following his decision to leave Manchester United to make his own way.
‘The Toon want to pay about £15m for McNeil, already a Spurs target and on Juventus’ watch list. So it is shaping up as a first battle for boss Bruce.
‘The deal has been a priority for the Newcastle transfer team for some time but they also have targets for other positions.
‘However, Bruce is keen on classy Preston centre-half Ben Davies as he plans some personal input into the players who come in.
‘Bruce was a huge admirer of Davies, 23, in his spell in charge at Championship level and now he has the cash to make a move.
‘Toon owner Mike Ashley started the window with a £50m budget for new players, boosted by the £30m sale of Ayoze Perez
‘But that amount is set to be massively reduced by the £38m deal for Brazilian striker Joelinton.
‘Dwight Gayle is also set to leave, with a £15m asking price. That would provide extra cash to buy other players.‘
McNeil looked a real talent after breaking onto the scene during his debut season in the Premier League last season, but it would be another risk in our bid to replace top scorers Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon.