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Transfer Talk Is Heating Up Around Newcastle

Steve Bruce has often tried to limit expectations for the January transfer window. He’s spoken of how difficult a window it is and how he’s still not seen everyone in his squad.

We would expect that a lot of that is just to dampen expectations and that Bruce would welcome some additions in January. Most managers would welcome any money the club was willing to spend.

Yesterday in the Chronicle, Bruce made some of his customary comments on this approaching winter window. This is what he said about his feelings on the subject:

“I am very, very calm. It is normal, we meet every week, of course. But it all gets exaggerated here.

“Like everybody, I’ve said January is a difficult month.

“But if there’s somebody out there that can improve us, and it’s possible then we will try to react to it.“

This along the lines of what Bruce has been saying over the past month or so on transfers. We do think the club will try to bring in at least one player in January though it will have to be the right deal for the club.

Though a new report in the Chronicle claims that agents expect Newcastle to be one of the more active clubs in January.

The reported fees available for January are in the £20m range, so that’s likely not enough to bring in more than one player on a permanent.

However, with the squad already maxed out at 25, Newcastle will have to offload someone for each incoming player. Maybe we could sell someone like Dwight Gayle for around £8-10m for some extra funds.

We could see Bruce going for Jarrod Bowen from Hull City in the £15-18m range if he does not sign a new contract. Then there is Granit Xhaka, who Newcastle could possibly bring in on loan.

There were even more rumblings about the seriousness of Bruce’s interest in the Swiss International yesterday. This is what Keith Downie with Sky Sports had to report.

So it definitely looks like there is something in the Xhaka talk. However, it still appears to be a longshot when taking the club’s recent transfer history into consideration.

21 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Vote Bob for No.1

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Titus Bramble – surprising fact …played 13 consecutive seasons in premiership !! Despite being voted worst EPL by readers of the fiver in 2003/4 he doesn’t make the top 50 list https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/worst-players-premier-league-history
    Although toon have 3 players in the list … Marcelino, Luque and of course Boumsong !!

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Aresnal would have to heavily subsidise his wages so doubt this will happen

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Irish Rob……… More care when correcting me. I saw Jib’s second correction and was just being facetious.

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Titus Bramble – surprising fact …played 13 consecutive seasons in premiership !!

    Who cares ?

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ve got a nasty feeling we could be thinking of a swap
    Hayden for Xhaka (Isaac was a youth and senior player
    for Arsenal)

  • scout

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Say what you like about Titus but the lad could ping a 60 yard pass from defence. Sir Bobby saw that in him. He made mistakes yes but who doesn’t.

  • scout

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Certainly players a lot worst than Bramble.

  • toon22

    Nov 16, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #9


    Jabba would sell the ground if he could

  • JohnJ

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Worst players to play for Newcastle United?

    Marcelino, Luque, Boumsong

    For me it was Marcellino but there others…….. any thoughts anyone?

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    For me the worst waste of potential
    was Gabriel Obertan

  • geordietom

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Johnj …

    wasn’t Marcelino the player who was out for most of the season with a sore finger or was it Luque . one of them soft arses …

  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    hangnail can be a killer

  • geordietom

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14

    jib …

    hurt my fingers many a time with the hammer mate hurts like hell , lost many of a fingernail …

    : D

  • geordietom

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    😀 😀 😀

  • geordietom

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #16

    A hangnail is a piece of skin near the root of the nail that appears jagged and torn. Hangnails generally appear on the fingers and not on the toes, though it’s possible to have one around a toenail. … A hangnail only refers to the skin along the sides of the nail, not the nail itself. Hangnails are common.

    you mean this jib …


  • Jib

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    The misadventures in recruiting players have been a theme that runs through the trophyless decades at Newcastle United. Absurdity is never far away. Elena Marcelino, the centre-half secured by Ruud Gullit for £5.8m, was generally injured, with scans on the affected areas occasionally declared to be inconclusive. A finger problem kept him out for months, although there was no shortage by then of fans who would happily have given him two fingers.

  • geordietom

    Nov 16, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18

    so i was right it was Marcelino , still a soft arse…

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Owen has to go down as one of the worst transfers too. The arrogant prick, can’t stand him!

  • JohnJ

    Nov 16, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #20

    JP…from The Rock

    Nov 16, 2019 at 2:02 PM
    Comment #19

    Michael Owen

    I suppose when you look at how much he cost in transfer fee & wages he has got to be the worst Newcastle buy ever. 🙁

  • IrishRob

    Nov 16, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Betty I know, it’s only a joke.


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