Lee Charnley ‘blocked’ summer deal Steve Bruce had struck for Newcastle United – Report

According to The Athletic, Steve Bruce believed he’d struck a deal to bring Hamza Choudhury to Newcastle United over the summer – only for Lee Charnley to ‘block’ the loan move from going through.

As we know, the former NUFC boss made several attempts to sign the Leicester City talent during his time on Tyneside, with us also trying and failing to sign the 24-year-old on deadline day in January.

However, The Athletic report that Bruce felt he’d finally got his man over the summer after ‘agreeing a deal’ to sign him on loan – but our Managing Director had other ideas.

They claim that while Bruce was preparing for Choudhury’s arrival, Charnley informed agents that Newcastle’s window had ‘categorically concluded.’

What a way to stab your manager in the back – or perhaps he was protecting his mate Mike Ashley from the multi-million pund loan fee he’d rather not shell out on a club he wanted to sell!

Either way, this, along with our failure to sign an athletic centre-back with some much needed pace, feels like a costly error from the club, as we’ve been soft in midfield and dire in defence over the opening nine games of the new season.

This always felt like a sinking ship under Steve Bruce, but what we’d give for a tough-tackling midfielder and fresh face at the back right now…

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5 thoughts on “Lee Charnley ‘blocked’ summer deal Steve Bruce had struck for Newcastle United – Report

  1. “As we know, the former NUFC boss made several attempts to sign the Leicester City talent”
    Do we actually know this Olly, or are we just repeating some of the crap we’ve read in the papers?

    If we get to the end of the season and we are still in the bottom three I very much doubt that fans will be looking back and saying “this would never have happened if Charnley had allowed Bruce to sign Hamza Choudhury on loan!”

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  2. Helen Clarey:
    “As we know, the former NUFC boss made several attempts to sign the Leicester City talent”
    Do we actually know this Olly, or are we just repeating some of the crap we’ve read in the papers?

    If we get to the end of the season and we are still in the bottom three I very much doubt that fans will be looking back and saying “this would never have happened if Charnley had allowed Bruce to sign Hamza Choudhury on loan!”

    Here you go, Helen.

    Bruce confirming our interest in January. Actual quotes…

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/steve-bruce-confirms-leicesters-hamza-19725402

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  3. It is obvious to most ardent Newcastle followers that Gayle was given an extended cheaper contract to fill up the squad numbers in order to stop new faces being brought in, why else would he be in the squad and never used, and the ploy of having four goalkeepers was another example keeping squad numbers at capacity to prevent new faces arriving.
    Choudray and another CB could easily have been brought in, but as has been highlighted by many, and the evidence is there to substantiate it Ashley was only interested in making money, not spending it.
    The only time Ashley would spend was to protect his investment, he had no interest at all in Newcastle, Managers he hired, Fans and the club and that is a fact!

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