Steve Bruce could be forced to scrape around in the loan market if he wants to add to his squad in January, according to The Telegraph.
The piece states that little to no money will be available to spend next month if cash isn’t raised from player sales, with the prolonged pandemic also in danger of impacting Bruce’s summer budget.
Luke Edwards’ ‘exclusive’ also reports that any temporary move for Spurs outcast Dele Alli is an instant no go due to his astronomical wages and reluctance to move to the North East, also revealing that Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser look set to miss most, if not all, of January.
ASM has been out of action for several weeks now following a bad bout of COVID-19, with himself and skipper Jamal Lascelles both suffering with long-term effects of the virus.
The Telegraph report that he’s still some way off a return to competitive action, while Ryan Fraser has now picked up ‘another groin strain’ – just a few weeks after he returned from a hamstring problem.
Fraser has struggled for fitness since his summer signing, featuring just twice in the starting lineup since his free transfer from Bournemouth. Bruce confirmed that he missed the Man City defeat with a groin problem, but it’s bad news that it’s likely to keep him out for another month or so!
As for transfers, it’s an equally bleak update. The piece suggests that Bruce will be forced to shop in the loan market once again in January – something he did earlier this year when Rose, Bentaleb and Lazaro all signed until the end of the season.
Trying to sign Alli on loan may seem far fetched – unlike when we were linked with the former MK Dons man back in 2015 – but it won’t come as a surprise to Toon fans that we are unwilling to stump up anything beyond our regular wage structure.
Losing ASM and Fraser will serve as a bigger blow to supporters, with our current side looking bereft of attacking options and genuine creativity if our last two performances are anything to go by.
Our loan recruitment in January will have to be better than it was last year, as we can’t afford the luxury of signing another three players who didn’t really cut the mustard here on Tyneside.