The Telegraph have shared a very interesting update on the transfer business Newcastle are looking to do before the window shuts at 11pm on Monday.
They report that we are “mainly looking at the loan market”, but could yet pull off the signing of Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien at a bargain fee of £8m.
Elsewhere, they report that Steve Bruce has submitted inquiries for Man Utd’s Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, with us still eyeing another centre-back after a loan move for Rob Holding collapsed earlier this month.
That said, they insist that we may need to offload a few fringe men before new signings can arrive, with the club’s wage budget being stretched as things stand.
Here’s a snippet from their piece:
Newcastle are mainly looking at the loan market but could also spend around £8million on Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien.
In defence, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been the subject of inquiries from manager Steve Bruce after a deal for Arsenal’s Rob Holding fell through.
He has also asked to be kept informed about Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster.
The problem is, he still needs to offload some squad players to make some room for manoeuvre in terms of the club’s wage budget.
Cyprien, 25, could be a brilliant signing at £8m – he’s in the final year of his deal so Nice have been tipped to sell him on the cheap – and could add some much needed explosiveness and spark to our midfield.
As for Smalling and Jones, the former looks likely to seal a permanent move to Roma – and won’t come cheap – while the latter would be a poor signing for me, based on his decline and injury issues in recent years.
Brewster could be a handy addition on loan, however it seems he’s destined to leave on a big money permanent deal after hefty bids from Palace and Sheffield United.
Here’s hoping the likes of Yedlin, Atsu, Aarons, Saivet and Lazaar can be moved on in the next few days to make space for a few new arrivals!