With the winter window fast approaching, it’s up in the air as to whether or not Newcastle will be doing any business in January.
Whenever he is pressed on the issue, Bruce always gives a cursory response about how he hasn’t seen everyone in his squad yet, but if the right player is available, then the club will look into adding someone.
While we suspect he is just dampening expectations, it would not come as a total surprise if Newcastle keep with the current squad for the remainder of this season. Though a lot will depend on where we are after the six December fixtures are played.
However, while Steve Bruce has kept his cards close to his vest about next month, he has revealed some plans for next summer.
The Chronicle have published comments from Bruce about the off season. It appears as though Newcastle will take a long look at bringing in some free agents next summer.
This is what the head coach has said:
“Yeah, there’s plans of course. There’s a lot of water under the bridge until then but we have two or three things in place.
“I’m sure all of us are not naive enough to not address the Bosman situation. It’s always a good one for any club. We are in the process of that like everybody else does, I suppose.
“That’s no secret. We’re working away to see who is out of contract and who might be available.”
That is some positive news that Newcastle may have some irons in the fire already for the summer transfer window. Getting in free agents could prove to be great business.
There are some quality players whose contracts run out in 2020. First of which is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen, though with his club having an option to extend him to 2021, he is unlikely to be gotten on a Bosman in the summer.
However, there are other intriguing players that we hope Newcastle are looking at. Here are a few of those players.
- Sarr is a top center-back prospect who has had a bit of a rough time of it under Patrick Vieira at Nice. At just 20 years of age, Sarr is one of France’s top young talents. It would be quite a coup if Newcastle could get the youngster as a free agent. Here are some recent tweets about Sarr from Get French Football News about his situation at his hometown club of Nice.
Malang Sarr’s situation is turning into hell. At 20 & a local boy, he should be entrusted as a future captain & be playing a key role at Nice. But Vieira refuses to change leadership structure or even just drop 36-year-old captain Dante who currently starts at CB instead of him.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 4, 2019
- We did a report on Gaston Pereiro last month. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder is an Uruguayan international who will leave PSV this summer on a free.
- Newcastle were linked with a move for the former Liverpool winger in the summer. His time at Bournemouth looks to be coming to an end. Ibe has only played 4 times for Bournemouth this season with just 47 minutes in the Premier League. The 23-year-old could be a decent acquisition on a free in the summer.
- Soumare is a 20-year-old midfielder who plays for Lille. Like Malang Sarr, getting Soumare to Tyneside would be quite a feat. He is likely to sign with one of Europe’s elite clubs however if the youngster is thirsty for first-team football, Newcastle could be a good option for him.
- Paulo is an 18-year-old striker playing in Brazil for Fluminense. He’s made 28 appearances in their first-team with 6 goals and 4 assists. The youngster has been capped for Portugal’s under-19s four times.
If Newcastle could bring in one of these players on a free that would be tremendous. They are all young and could certainly help the squad for next season.