According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Newcastle United have a further £50m available to spend in the two weeks that remain of the transfer window.
This comes just a day after the club completed a ‘record breaking’ £40m deal to sign Joelinton, however it sounds like the spending won’t stop there – and rightly so given how shambolic this summer has been prior to yesterday’s announcement.
The piece also states that Steve Bruce wants to bring in ‘at least FOUR’ new faces following Joelinton’s arrival, with another striker, a winger, a midfielder and full-backs said to be on his wish list.
Here’s a snippet from the Chronicle’s latest piece after confirmation that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley held a ‘transfer meeting’ with the Newcastle United head coach earlier today:
‘Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has held further transfer meetings with new head coach Steve Bruce .
‘The Sports Direct magnate arrived via helicopter at lunchtime and is believed to have spoken with Bruce about new boy Joelinton and further potential deals.
‘Ashley had previously stated he wanted to be more involved at the club but this was his first appearance at the training ground for some time.
‘After holding talks with Bruce last week he was keen to have a more relaxed conversation with the ex-Aston Villa chief.
‘Bruce is hoping to add at least another four deals to Joelinton’s arrival.
‘After splashing out £40million on Joelinton there is still another £50million that could be spent this summer.’
It’s quite unbelievable that Mike Ashley appeared to be so unwilling to compromise with Rafa Benitez, yet he’s quick to hand an alleged £90m budget to Steve Bruce.
That said, this is a man who backed Steve McClaren with £80m worth of new signings over the space of around 6 months.
To me, this proves he’ll happily make investments in players if they A) fit into his transfer policy and B) have a good chance of being sold for a profit in years to come.
It may be exciting to see some talented players finally arrive, but this club will never go anywhere in the long run under Mike Ashley.