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Report Claims Bruce Wants Semi-Overhaul This Winter

Luke Edwards with the Telegraph is reporting that Steve Bruce wants to add three players next month for a second half-season push for a top ten finish.

However, the head coach is aware that to accomplish that lofty goal, he’ll need to offload Dwight Gayle, Ki Sung-yueng, and at least one more Magpie.

Some of the targets mentioned in the report are familiar, while a couple of new names have crept into the discussion.

Of course, the name most associated with a move to Newcastle is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. In the article, Bowen is called a realistic target who would like to join the Magpies next month.

The issue with the 23-year-old will be if they can pry him from Hull’s reluctant grip. We certainly expect that an attempt will be made for the prolific winger.

Two other names on Newcastle’s radar are Genk striker Mbwana Samatta and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil. Samatta is a player we’ve been linked with since the summer. While he has just turned 27 last week, he is a prolific scorer in Belgium and has a release clause of only £10m.

Dwight McNeil– promising young winger

Burnley’s Dwight McNeil is another player Newcastle have been tracking for quite some time. The 20-year-old would be a fantastic addition to our ranks. However, he’s likely to cost a lot more than the reported £20m we have available next month.

That could be where fees for outgoing players like Dwight Gayle would come into the picture. Newcastle will reportedly not part with the 29-year-old for less than £15m. However, they will likely find it very hard to find takers at that amount.

The Telegraph also names a couple of midfielders that Newcastle have not been linked to in a while. They are Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana.

Drinkwater is expected to be recalled from his loan spell at Burnley next month, where he’s only played twice. The report stated that Newcastle were hopeful of landing the 29-year-old on loan in January but that it is now looking unlikely.

Adam Lallana is a compelling case as he’s out of contract in the summer. Jurgen Klopp wants the 31-year-old to sign a 1-year extension so Liverpool won’t lose him for nothing.

However, Lallana may test the free-agent waters this summer, and Steve Bruce is said to be very interested in bringing him to Newcastle possibly even this winter. Whether Mike Ashley would be willing to offer a competitive deal seems to us to be very unlikely.

We just can’t see Newcastle bringing in 3 first-team players next month. Though we could see us making a run at Jarrod Bowen. Then if we can sell Dwight Gayle, Mbwana Samatta could be an excellent buy.

We really rate Dwight McNeil but just can’t see that happening next month though maybe we can make a move for him in the summer. As far as Danny Drinkwater or Adam Lallana, we just don’t see them coming through the door either.

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100 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    On that basis, Bruce is hoping for three inward transfers:
    1 straight purchase
    1 player in dependent on player(s) going out
    1 loan player

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll be very, very surprised if there is a permanent signing made in January. There’ll be, imo about five gone and a striker and CM brought in on loan, the striker will be an aged journeyman and the CM will be a young player we were going to bring in the summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    With an option to buy.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4


    I reckon transfers will depend on where we are mid to late Jan to see what happens regarding transfer activity.
    We could easily lose 5 players if we can offload the dead wood.And Atsu and the likes need to follow suit.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Stop monitoring
    Start buying

  • lochinvar

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Only 8 hours until we sign the wonderkin Everton
    Just need Charnly to stay off the pop tonight

  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7


    Sounds like you’ve got Ashley’s approach off to a tee.

    Do nowt ’till we’ve lost most if not all January games then do something as the window’s near closing. And as other clubs near the bottom strengthened and pick up points, we are drawn into the relegation mix.

    All because Ashley likes to provide entertainment and an exciting end to the season for the free ST brigade and others who’ve looked in.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Transfer Window Open dates
    1 January: England, Scotland, France, Germany, China
    2 January: Italy, Spain
    3 January: Portugal
    22 January: Russia

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    14 tranfers have already been completed throughgout Europe, including the Liverpool signing.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Takumi Minamino

    Midfielder — from Red Bull Salzburg

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    #1 is as a comparison to what Bruce actually gets.

    I look forward to hearing his excuse on behalf of the owner, I’d lay money on it involving an imaginery line.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Tommy TookaMota
    Japanese car thief.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Bruce won’t be accepted by some on here unless he shags Ashley’s missus whilst simultaneously revamping the training ground and spending 100 mill on two players. Oh and then he has to win the b*tch Tsunki a trophy. Rough gig.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Thanks to Ed, Neil and the Wife for providing a place for all of us toon fans to congregate to debate all things nufc and other random topics occasionally – Happy New Year to one and all no matter which side of the devide you sit on

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    The narrative this season seems to be that “if somebody can improve us we’ll have a look” which imo is double speak for if there’s an absolute bargain (regardless of whether there is a pressing demand for that position) then they’ll act. If they don’t bring in a striker next month then what they’re saying is that there isn’t a striker that we could realistically go after that would improve us which couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley needs some cash before any new loans..all sing now “Ashley out, go away…!”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #17

    The bare faced cheek of Munster haranguing Tsunki about acceptance after we’ve had to listen to his unfair and imbalanced clap trap for the last three years.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    happy new year everyone. one hour to go for me. i wont be to type by then hopefully.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #19

    heres to another year of the munster small hand tsunki jail debate. hope its as good as the last three years haha

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Are you in SE Asia

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #21

    He’s in China Jail
    stfu fer gawds sake go and do some work

  • jazzyp

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #22


    As always a mad dash to the last minute sales is the order of the day for Nufc..Nothing more nothing less.
    I would love another january 5 player overhaul but we have to many castaways rowing backwards towards the bottom 3

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #23

    How many of your other alts didnt like Wor Flags either ?

  • Uncertain Toon

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib, 24 hours to google the validity of the nonesense you push out? ok!

    However the info you’ve posted reference the January window is indeed correct. You see, you can do it properly when you try pal. Be factual or be forgotten.

    Happy new year

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25


  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Unfortunately I’m never forgotten by the usual suspects who seem incapable of original thought and ride on the coattails of original posters

  • Uncertain Toon

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Exactly Jib!

  • Swlabr

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Just been catching up on the last 24 hours, and whilst retaining my neutrality on the cut ‘n’ thrust on the blog here, I have to ask, …..
    How many of your other alts didnt like Wor Flags either ?…”

    where did that come from?

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    He thinks posada is one of my alts
    Earlier posada said when he attended matches he wasn’t fussed on Wor Flags

  • Swlabr

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Ah, cheers Jib, par for the course!

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #31


  • Uncertain Toon

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I still hold out some hope that we’ll do some business in January

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #33

    I have it from the horses mouth that Wor Flags weren’t very popular with SJP staff
    On matchdays and a few days before they strutted around like they owned the place.

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34


    Yeh didn’t they hoy the flags out at one point
    I can see why they would hate fans with flags in the ground

    Stupid supporters

  • Uncertain Toon

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Shame about the flags, thought they were quite impressive. So have they packed it all in?

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    When Rafa left so did they

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #37

    You think the staff would have been happier to see SD flags then ?

    It’s never Jabbas fault

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #38

    They prohibited a Wor Flags anti Ashley banner once

    Hardly surprising

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #39

    We need a flag based on Essex’s magic square. Ashley may do the business in January but it will be on his porcelain pony…..

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Has any incoming transfer rumor turned correct in recent past other than those of Joelinton and Carroll? Those transfer “rumors” turned out correct because they were purposefully “leaked” by the ownership to publications they consider friendly just to keep an agitated fanbase interested. Reinforcements would only if ST sales figures remain depressed and we lose both of our next two EPL fixtures, I’d think.


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