Not for the first time over the past 12 months, Newcastle United have been credited with an interest in bringing Liverpool talent Harry Wilson to St James’ Park.
This comes from the Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson, who reports that he and highly-rated Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher have been identified as two ‘leading loan targets’ for the club this summer.
With Bruce’s budget said to be around £35m and us needing to save most of that money on a proven goalscorer, it should come as no surprise to hear we are lining up potential loan deals with the league’s big six.
Wilson scored seven goals during a recent loan spell at Bournemouth and has since returned to Anfield following the Cherries relegation, while England U-21 Gallagher enjoyed an impressive season in the Championship, bagging six goals and eleven assists during stint at Swansea and Charlton.
The Northern Echo report that both have been identified as ‘realistic’ targets for the club, but state that there’s plenty of competition from rival clubs in the Premier League, with Crystal Palace and West Ham understood to have joined ourselves in making a ‘formal approach’ for Gallagher, for example.
It will be frustrating for some that we are fishing around in the loan market once again, but these are two talented young players who could improve our squad without taking too much away from Bruce’s budget.