90min has a report bordering on the implausible that Steve Bruce will hope to sign both Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy from Everton.
This is what is reported as an exclusive by Tom Gott for 90min:
90min has learned that Bruce is eager to take advantage of the available transfer kitty by recruiting a number of new players once he is confirmed as Newcastle boss.
The manager will begin with Bolasie and McCarthy – two players he has often tried to sign in the past for previous clubs. During his time with ?Aston Villa, Bruce was keen for the club to land Bolasie on loan, and they ultimately managed to do so after he had been sacked.
We highly doubt Steve Bruce will have much say in who the transfer targets are this summer. We also think it would be best for Steve Bruce to steer clear of Mike Ashley as he no doubt will be feeling sick for the next few months as the realization sets in of what he has forked over
We find these targets to be very strange to say the least. First of all, neither player fits the profile of someone that is 26 years of age or less. Bolasie is 30 and James McCarthy is 28. Ashley is not going to want to pay for these types of players. It was one of the major sticking points in his negotiations with Rafa Benitez.
Both players, however, would not come at a big price. James McCarthy has just one year left on his contract and Everton are trying to offload him this summer.
Yannick Bolasie has two years remaining on his contract but amazingly has just a £10m release clause in his contract.
James McCarthy is expected to be sold, Yannick Bolasie has a £10m release clause in his contract this summer and Mo Besic, Kevin Mirallas, Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina are likely to leave. [Echo] #EFC pic.twitter.com/pgeNTV21S9
— simply EFC (@simplyEFC) July 15, 2019
While we would be surprised if either of these two ended up on Tyneside, they could provide experienced cover for the next few seasons. We imagine they would only cost about £15m for the pair. But if you throw in their likely high wages, agent fees, and signing bonuses, it would most likely be too much for Ashley to sanction.