Starting with Callum Wilson, he reveals that Matt Ritchie’s wage demands look to be a ‘stumbling block’ in our bid to sign the Bournemouth striker on a part-exchange deal.
As a result, he believes we could look to make a cash offer for Wilson instead, feeling a fee of around £20m may be demanded by the Cherries after they rejected Aston Villa’s opening offer of ‘£15m plus add-ons’ earlier today.
Here’s what he had to say on Sky Sports News:
Then to Ryan Fraser, which remains a ‘live situation’ according to Downie.
As he states below, he remains in talks with the club over personal terms and is said to be ‘keen’ on a move to St James’ Park, while a loan deal for Ryan Holding is still in the pipeline as Bruce eyes additional cover at centre-back:
Interestingly, Downie has just been on Sky Sports once again in the last few moments and stated that a deal for Ryan Fraser is the most advanced of the three.
With the season kicking off a week tomorrow, it’s time to get moving!