When Steve Bruce arrived at Newcastle in July, the transfer activity was already well underway. Both Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin had been earmarked by Newcastle’s recruitment team when Rafa Benitez was still at the club.
Similarly, Jetro Willems had been linked with Newcastle for about four years since his good friend Gini Wijnaldum had arrived.
For those deals, Bruce reportedly just had to give his approval as much of the work had already been done.
For the next window, it appears like our top two targets at the moment, Granit Xhaka and Jarrod Bowen, are both players that Bruce is pushing the club to sign.
Granit Xhaka is well outside Newcastle’s scouting policy. The player is 27-year-old and on big wages, reportedly around £130m/wk. So for this reason, it seems like a loan deal is the most realistic option for Newcastle.
Steve Bruce– pushing to get his targets in January
However, Jarrod Bowen fits nicely into Newcastle’s policy. He will be 23-years-old next month and could be nabbed at a slightly reduced price with his contract situation still in limbo with Hull.
If the latest reports on Bowen are accurate, he would be a true Steve Bruce signing. The Northern Echo is reporting that Bruce is pushing for Bowen’s transfer in January.
They also say that Bowen was one of the players Bruce identified to Newcastle’s recruitment team when he arrived. Steve Bruce was at Hull City when Bowen joined as a 17-year-old in 2014. Bowen only featured for Hull’s youth sides while Bruce was there, though.
Newcastle were first linked with Bowen the week after Bruce arrived on July 17th. They wasted no time as they had scouts watching him when Emil Krafth and Amiens traveled to Hull City for a preseason friendly on July 24th.
If Bruce can get these two players over the line in January, that would be some excellent business. It would also signal some rare trust in the head coach from the powers that be at Newcastle.