Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has warned Newcastle fans that Steve Bruce will blow his entire budget on a £25m move for Joe Willock – but believes there could still be TWO more arrivals on Tyneside.
With a couple of domestic loan slots still available, Downie reports that we’ll be looking to sign a ‘midfield enforcer’ and a ‘cover player at centre-back’ between now and August 31st.
The North-East correspondent admits that we did try to bring Conor Gallagher in on loan from Chelsea, only for the England U21 star to end up signing for Crystal Palace.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, here’s what he’s had to say on the Toon transfer front when asked if there’ll be more incomings:
“Of course they (the fans) want more than that,”
“I think, with regards to Newcastle, this potential signing of Willock has pretty much blown Steve Bruce’s budget this window.
“I don’t think there will be any more funds on him to spend on players. I think he will have to look at the loan market.
“He did try to bring in Conor Gallagher from Chelsea. Instead, he went to Palace
“I do think he will try to bring in another central midfielder. A midfield enforcer, someone who can complement Joe Willock.
“He will look to the loan market to probably add one, maybe two players. A central midfielder and a cover player at centre-back.
“I cannot see them spending another £20-25 million on another player. Willock is pretty much the main man as far as that’s concerned.”
With a combative midfielder also wanted, it would not surprise me in the slightest if Bruce reignited his interest in Hamza Choudhury.
He almost signed on loan in January and could now be surplus to requirements at Leicester City, with them signing £17m man Boubacary Soumare last month.
Who would you like to see us look at if we are pursuing loan moves for a midfield enforcer and centre-back?