A new piece on the transfer front has emerged from the Northern Echo today, revealing why Mike Ashley has ruled out any spending ahead of the January window.
Although the report claims that we WILL make a loan bid for Manchester United outcast Phil Jones, they state that the Newcastle United owner has already said no to any permanent deal for the 28-year-old.
The reason stated is that he does not want to commit to any major outlay while the chance of resurrecting a Saudi-backed takeover remains.
The Northern Echo claim that he remains hopeful a deal can still be pushed through, saying the stalled deal could be ‘sparked back into life’ should the Premier League change their stance.
We won’t hold our breath on that front, but it seems that will leave Steve Bruce fishing around for loans next month while the slim possibility of a takeover remains.
Although we didn’t know it at the time, this perhaps explains why we didn’t spend a penny last January and instead brought in Lazaro, Bentaleb and Rose on loan.
This time around, it seems Jones is a top target of Bruce’s as he looks to sign another centre-back – although The Echo insist that we’ll need Man Utd to pay a portion of his £100,000 wages to push through any temporary move to St James’ Park.
Is he really worth it? Is he really any better than what we currently have? I have my doubts.