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.
Bruce is aware Xhaka has lots of interest elsewhere, but he’s the sort of player he’d love to add to his improving Newcastle squad.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) November 15, 2019
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.