According to The Athletic, Newcastle have been showing interest in Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham, ex-Mag Adam Armstrong and Liverpool loanee Ozan Kabak.
However, it seems all three are ‘unlikely’ to arrive this summer, with their north-east correspondent Chris Waugh believing that their expected price-tags will not work alongside Bruce’s limited summer budget.
He reports that Bruce wants another striker and is a big admirer of Abraham – a player who scored 25 goals in 37 games under the NUFC boss across a 2018/19 loan spell at Aston Villa.
However, it sounds like Chelsea are unlikely to loan him out this summer; all but ruling us out of the running given his price tag is believed to be £30-£40m.
Then to Armstrong, The Athletic believe Blackburn’s mammoth asking price will make that move ‘unlikely’ after he ended the season the Championship’s second top scorer on 28 goals.
We have ‘40% off’ after his sale to Rovers included a heft sell-on clause, however we’d still be looking at a £15m fee for a player we sold for little over £1m if Blackburn set the price at £25m.
Last but not least, they report that we will be handed a second chance to sign Ozan Kabak – the Schalke defender who was on the verge of a loan move to St James’ Park until Liverpool hijacked our deadline day bid back in January.
It’s emerged that the 21-year-old Turk won’t be signing permanently at Anfield, but Waugh states that a permanent move to Tyneside is a ‘non-starter’ as the German side are demanding ‘£18m-plus’.