Sky Sports reveal Bruce’s ‘leading transfer target’ – A non-starter at Mike Ashley’s NUFC?

According to Sky Sports, Steve Bruce wants to see the club sign Manchester United defender Chris Smalling this summer.

This comes from their North-East reporter Keith Downie, who claims the forgotten Red Devil centre-back is at the top of the NUFC boss’ wanted list, with him keen to ‘buy British’ ahead of the new 2020/21 season.

Lee Ryder reported on Friday that Smalling had been offered our way, however there were several details in that piece that make me believe this may be a non starter.

Not only is he 30, he’s said to be on a whopping £130,000-per-week at Old Trafford and it appears they want to sell him – not loan him out again following a successful stint at Roma.

Does Bruce REALLY want to spend a decent chunk of his budget (and see the club give away a big chunk of their wage allowance) on yet another centre-back?

I’m sure he’d improve us, but while Ashley remains at NUFC and our budget lingers around the £30m mark, I don’t see us pursuing what would be an expensive deal for Smalling in a position that’s not in desperate need of strengthening when a big money move for a proven striker MUST take priority.

We may well need another centre-back if Schar and Lejeune are moved on, but surely Smalling can only come into the equation if there’s a loan deal on offer here?

I say that because Lee Ryder’s latest piece suggested Man Utd were not about to let him leave on the cheap following an impressive spell in Serie A, with a £20m fee mentioned.

A decent player who could be a good signing, but it feels like a non starter based on our budget and transfer policy under the current regime.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

3 thoughts on “Sky Sports reveal Bruce’s ‘leading transfer target’ – A non-starter at Mike Ashley’s NUFC?

  1. may as well continue with our current transfer programme . flick through the phone book and where it stops that will do . if it so happens that they can’t defend , score or just want to pick up a paycheck for doing very little then they should fit in with the current squad .

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