According to The Mail’s Craig Hope, he’s got word from recruitment circles at Newcastle United that the club have adopted a new transfer policy this summer.
The North-East reporter claims that we will now be focusing on players 24 and under – a similar policy to the one stood by (thoughts to be 26 and under) during his first 10 years on Tyneside.
This comes after Craig Hope revealed late last night that Steve Bruce had been handed a budget of just £10m, stating the NUFC owner is unwilling to sanction any major spending while he waits for a final decision on the ongoing Saudi takeover saga.
Here’s what Hope tweeted earlier today after hearing whispers from those close to the club’s recruitment team:
If true, the following players who’ve been strongly linked so far this summer would be a non-starter for Steve Bruce:
- Mario Lemina (Southampton)
- Will Hughes (Watford)
- Kyle Bartley (West Brom)
- Valentino Lazaro (Inter Milan)
- Jetro Willems (Free agent)
- Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)
- Andre Ayew (Free agent)
- Rafa Silva (Benfica)
- Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
In one sense, it could actually be a wise move to focus on hungry young talents, with several senior players being signed since Bruce was appointed.
Ashley sanctioned a £20m move for a 28-year-old Callum Wilson last summer and must’ve agreed to hand new deals to the likes of Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie – three experienced players all over the age of 30.
That said, a £10m budget won’t stretch far whatsoever if promising young players are being targeted, making loans, Bosmans and bargain release clauses pretty essential for Steve Bruce this summer.