Mike Ashley hands Steve Bruce £10m to secure three summer signings – Report

Steve Bruce has been handed a measly £10million budget this transfer window, according to The Mail.

With the club still gripped in the clutches of a never ending takeover saga, many have wondered just how much (or how little!) Mike Ashley would make available for new signings this summer.

Now Craig Hope – a journalist who is well-connected at the club and the man to reveal the training ground bust-up back in March – has released details about our transfer kitty and who we are looking to sign.

The piece claims Bruce is in the hunt for two midfielders and a left-sided centre half, stating ‘at least’ two loan deals look likely – potentially a few domestic and one from overseas.

With money tight, loan deals and free transfers are likely, while Joe Willock is believed to remain Steve Bruce’s top target; even if another temporary return seems far more likely.

NUFC have been linked with a host of centre halves this window and a deal for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer was rumoured to be agreed back in May.

However, the Scottish giants have reportedly moved the goalposts and are demanding upwards of £20m for the 23-year-old, which will almost certainly remove him from our radar.

I personally feel as though a backup striker to Callum Wilson is essential due to the England international having a troublesome injury record – not to mention the fact our options behind him are unreliable at best!

There were times last season when we became toothless in his absence and if Bruce has learned anything from the 20/21 campaign, it’s that he must bring somebody in that can step up to the plate – even if that is on another loan deal.

5 thoughts on “Mike Ashley hands Steve Bruce £10m to secure three summer signings – Report

  1. Anything out of Craig Hopes mouth I don’t believe
    However this might just be the ploy to trap his source within the club give the suspects differing amounts for the budget the one that finds its way into the paper via hope then they know who the leak is

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  2. this club is a joke with crowds regularly over 50,000 we are looking at loan deals and young players ashley is a money making greedy ******* and doesn’t care about supporters.i’ve supported them for over 50 years but ime losing interest now and i would not invest in a season ticket any more. 🙂

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  3. swap Gayle for Armstrong (Blackburn) we need better backup they need a striker to get promotion. because of the 40% sell on fee straight sway suits everyone costs nothing. Big earner off the wage bill and we get a better suited striker for premier league win win

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  4. I love the way that Craig Hope becomes a “well connected journalist” when the news is about Ashley and negative, otherwise he’s an uninformed hack.

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  5. phil renner:
    swap Gayle for Armstrong (Blackburn) we need better backup they need a striker to get promotion. because of the 40% sell on fee straight sway suits everyone costs nothing. Big earner off the wage bill and we get a better suited striker for premier league win win

    So who is the “better suited striker for the premier league”?

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