Bruce rules out permanent signing, hints at late loan deal & responds to Choudhury rumours

Steve Bruce has confirmed the club won’t be making any other permanent signings this summer.

However, the NUFC boss still believes there is ‘a bit of work to do’ in the final week of the transfer window, stating that a loan signing is possible – providing he can make space.

Once again, Bruce also reveals how the goalkeeping situation is impacting his transfer plans, with Darlow’s battle with Covid and Dubravka’s injury setback leaving him ‘toying’ with the idea of naming FOUR stoppers in his 25-man squad.

He was also quizzed on links with a second loan bid for Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, but insisted it would be ‘unfair’ to discuss another club’s player.

Here’s what he’s had to say on all of the above, also touching on our inability to sell this summer:

Bruce on incomings:

“The problem we have is the keepers.

“I’m toying with idea of naming four.

“If there’s a loan, there’s no room without leaving someone out.

“It’s difficult with finances.

“If we sign someone, it’ll be a loan.

“As for someone permanent, that’s not going to happen.”

Bruce on Choudhury rumours:

“It would be unfair of me to mention other players,”

“There’s a lot out there at the moment and, in the last week of the window, I believe there’s a bit of work to do.

“But, as we’ve seen all throughout the summer, it’s been difficult for a lot of clubs.”

Bruce on his struggle to trade this summer:

“Most people have to trade, but I’ve been unable to do that,”

“We haven’t been able to sell. Nobody wants to sell their best players, but we all would like to be in a position to trade.

“That’s normal. But we haven’t been in the situation to do that. I’m not talking about selling your best players, but if you can trade then you can alter your squad.

“We haven’t been able to do that because the Championship is on its knees, so there’s no movement there, and really the only league you can sell to at the moment is the Premier League. There’s not much happening in Spain, not much happening in France and there’s very little money in Italy.

“We’ve not been able to trade the way I would have liked to. I would certainly have listened to a few offers, but they haven’t been forthcoming.”

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