The Shields Gazette report that Steve Bruce is hoping to announce the signing of Ryan Fraser before Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Stoke City at St James’ Park.
They report that a deal to sign the former Bournemouth winger is “very close”, with the club hoping he’ll put pen to paper in the next 48 hours.
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie reported yesterday that personal terms hadn’t been agreed as of yet, but Miles Startforth seems to think the move is edging closer to completion – and crucially states that the Scot is ‘keen’ to sign.
Elsewhere, the Shields Gazette also report that deals for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Arsenal’s Rob Holding are still being worked on behind the scenes.
They state that we are putting together a Matt Ritchie plus cash package for Callum Wilson – although we may need to get our skates on here, with the BBC reporting last night that Aston Villa are set to make a £20m bid.
As for Rob Holding, the Gazette report that a loan deal is still in the pipeline, but may be delayed as we attempt to move on one of Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune to make space for his arrival.