Steve Bruce’s transfer budget set for timely boost as contract clause is officially triggered?

It’s official – Adam Armstrong has completed a £15m move to Southampton; and it could be good news for Steve Bruce’s transferbudget.

It’s been widely reported that we put a 40% sell-on clause in the striker’s contract when he joined Blackburn for £1.8m three years ago.

This has now been triggered following his move to St Mary’s, seeing us earn a handy £6m.

Now, this could easily go into Mike Ashley’s back pocket never to be seen again, however it’s expected to hand Steve Bruce’s transfer budget a small boost.

This would be a welcome few million for the NUFC boss, with a £25m deal for Joe Willock ‘blowing his budget’, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.

Although Ashley seems to sanction deals on a case-by-case basis, Bruce has insisted all summer that he’s working on a limited budget, making this late boost from a three-year-old sell-on clause a welcome boost.

Whether it pays for a few expensive loan fees or helps fund another permanent deal, Armstrong’s £15m move to Southampton is good news – even if some feels we should’ve used the clause as discount to bring him back home.

Here’s confirmation of the move, seeing him complete Alan Shearer’s career path in reverse!

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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