According to the Daily Mail, Steve Bruce has asked the club to make moves for FOUR British-based players this summer.
They report that he’s pushing the Newcastle United hierarchy to make a £12m move for Everton midfielder Tom Davies, while Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, former Burnley free agent Jeff Hendrick and highly-rated Wigan left-back Antonee Robinson are also key targets he’s put to the club.
The Mail state that Bruce is keen to add a British core to his squad this summer and is a ‘big admirer’ of 22-year-old talent Tom Davies.
With the signing of a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder said to be one of his top priorities this summer and him keen to add British talent to his team, a move for Davies could fit the bill perfectly.
The England U21 international has been a regular part of Everton’s squad since bursting into the scene in 2015, and has played 121 times for the Toffees, scoring six goals.
As for the others, Callum Wilson is expected to cost at least £20m this summer, while USA international Antonee Robinson is believed to have a release clause in his contract of just £1.9m. Sheffield United looked to have won the race for the Wigan left-back last week, however it’s since been reported that he’s considering other Premier League offers.
With all of the above in mind and Jeff Hendrick’s arrival on a free appearing to be imminent, is this how Bruce is *hoping* to spent his £30m budget plus player sales this summer?
Let’s hope we can get moving in the market and cash in on some fringe men to give Bruce’s limited transfer kitty a much needed budget.
Whether Ashley is eager to sell or not, the signing of a goalscorer and left-back is absolutely essential heading into the new season.