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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

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #41

    As always the article comments get took over by the 2 sad bores who literally live here Jib and toon22, I just glaze over and make no attempt to read comments once they start

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #42

    Munster

    Rough gig you say? Ashley won’t be challenged by Bruce on anything. 17th or slightly above is success in both their eyes. Why would people have any expectations of Bruce, he’s never done anything of real note, quite the opposite and plays c–p football, (poorer than Rafa) as the stats overwhelmingly show. Bruce openly says he doesn’t do tactics but is somehow operating in the most tactically demanding league in the world.

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #43

    TomaKaThor “get taken over”

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #44

    Oh, and Bruce is yet to check out every player he has.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #45

    You do know what quotation marks are used for right?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #46

    Bizarre that Mr. Brucie says he doesn’t do tactics. Obviously he has some sort of plan for each game. He is somewhat limited since he has no strike force up front. Most of it comes down to good defense because we have excellent defensive players from the Rafa era and hope and prayer that one of the defenders also scores.

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  • mindcompressor

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #47

    So, it is classic sell before buy. Nothing changeded. And on end of the windows classic mantra – we cannot push him through the line 🙂 I dont think that Ashley want us much higher than we are already… People will want more and in other case fans will be grateful to stay comfortably in PL… So I don’t expect anythyling in this window.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #48

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

    OH THE IRONY, from the most repetitive, spectrumy bore imagineable

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #49

    That stat of the amount of saves Dubs has made already this season compared to last is a tad alarming.

    That quick rampant Leicester attack is a concern for the morn. Need Hayden to have a blinder breaking up play. Shelvey will need to graft also, if he plays.

    I’m goin for a score draw

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #50

    In all honesty I’ve never seen a side with a one goal scorer up front past the halfway mark of the season. If Linty Joe stays on the wing I guess I’ll have to say led by a zero goal scorer up front (wor Andy until he breaks his duck). 😯

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #51

    Lindisfarne
    More and more I get the feeling that Bruces style of management is very similar to the school playground, remain popular, try to pick the best 11 and try to win by trying harder than the opposition. If its not working put another player on and if it still fails say, “we tried hard”.
    Rotonda heights
    Lindis
    Could be his epitaph ” he didn’t do tactics”

    I bet neither of you noticed Bruce changed to a 3 – 4 – 3
    Footy experts !!!!!
    My backside

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #52

    And what kind of side will Mr. Brucie field for the Cup match next Saturday? Surely we’re not going to go out of the comp against Rochdale?

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #53

    Against Everton that is

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  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #54

    The header of Neil’s article is very appropriate, though. Ashley is very good at overhauling without doubt. But he is no good at assembling. Or his head coach won’ be able to assemble the players he may get into something that works.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #55

    Jib

    Please enlighten us, o’Footy-Genius, how did the pattern of play differ from the previous match?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #56

    Quick comment on the previous post, Jude Bellingham? I think every team from the Championship, Premier league, and half of Europes mid to top clubs have been keeping tabs on this boy for a year or 2 already. If he has the required mentality, which he apparently does, then he is destined for a great career. If it turned out to be with us, even for a couple of years, I would be shocked. His next step is crucial, like Haaland, he needs to look at his career and football. The (bigger) money will come eventually if he chooses, and is advised to choose, his football development at this stage.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #57

    Anyway, Happy New Year to all out there on the blog and their families and loved ones. Hope 2020 is a great year for all in all aspects of your lives.

    Hopefully, 2020 is the year we can be free from Ashley, and get an owner that allows us to get carried away. An owner who puts the heart and soul back into the club. Makes it the heartbeat of the city again, makes it something that all supporters can get behind and believe in.

    Something that unites fans, and stops the bickering of what makes a fan, who is a better fan, who has had to go through more, sacrifice more. A fan is a fan is a fan. A supporter is a supporter is a supporter. Regardless of location, attendance, financials. Hopefully, 2020 can be the year, we all remember that, and can work together as one.

    Happy New Year!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #58

    Gayle and Ki are probably fairly easily offloaded if we are willing to make deals at cut price, or loan (in Gayle’s case) with option to buy/buy clause on goals/appearances/promotion.

    Muto is probably easily offloaded if we cut our losses.

    Matty Longstaff can be left out of the 25 and still eligible for Prem games as he is under 21 – although the homegrown rules may be an issue. Dummett, Sean, Carroll would count to our 4 developed, then Matty, or a squad of 24 would need to be named.

    Scratch that entire paragraph, 1 in, 1 out, unless another home grown – Sorenson? – replaces Matty.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #59

    Can’t believe people slating wor flags – it made for an excellent spectacle and was often commented on by media and other fans … You should hang your head in shame

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #60

    Munster
    How can SB ever be totally and universally accepted, when we had a world class born winner in Rafa and we now have, with respect to him as he’s just doing a job, a born loser!
    Newcastle is the only club in the premier league who would employ Bruce! Why? Because he’s a Geordie! oh and he has zero ambition other than to manage his boyhood club !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #61

    Mindshaft,
    Can’t be bothered to search back to find the posts.. Who is slating wor flags, and what on earth for?

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #62

    Lilo
    Twas I
    I wasn’t slating Wor Flags
    (usual silly exaggeration)

    I merely remarked that they’d had issues with SJP staff

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #63

    Moonraker,
    If we aren’t accepting Bruce based on what we had before, it should take a lot more than even Benitez for us to accept anyone since Sir Bobby….

    I see nothing wrong with having an ambition to manage your boyhood club. Robson had that ambition, Shearer had it to play for and manage. He could have left after a year or two if he had ambition more than becoming a legend for his hometown.

    To give him support while he is trying to do his best, (all we want is a team that tries), isn’t the same as accepting where the club is or what we are. But that isn’t Bruce’s fault.

    If not Bruce, then who do you think would have been next in the line? Someone with even less connection or feeling for the club, area who would care less about whether we acheive more than just surviving?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #64

    No elucidation Jib?

    To strengthen your point of view you would have been better off pointing out that Bruce changed the formation for the Palace game, moving from a single striker to two. Just talking out your arse again and not really grasping the point of discussion as usual.

    I see you are now, not surprisingly, taking the blame for posanda and trying to claim your added googling really caused a stir.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #65

    GUARDIAN – Newcastle
    If mid-table security is to be cemented, Steve Bruce could do – rather desperately – with a reliable striker, thereby reducing his dependence on defenders for goalscoring. Bruce needs to sell to buy and hopes to offload midfielders Jack Colback and Henri Saivet, who together earn almost £100,000 a week and are not in the 25-man first-team squad. Dwight Gayle could be sold to a Championship club while Yoshinori Muto and Ki Sung-yueng could also be offloaded. Hull’s Jarrod Bowen is Bruce’s main target.
    Louise Taylor

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #66

    Jib,
    Haha, was that all?? Quite possibly an over reaction to what you said, but I’m sure there was a bit more to it than you say above! I will leave this one I think!

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #67

    Lindisfarne
    There never is any point of discussion when you flap your lips.
    Just bitchy snide remarks.
    Posada said he had reservations about the Wor Flags display
    I personally thought they were good.
    The Spanish media thought they were brilliant.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #68

    Lilongwe,
    Posada said he didn’t miss them, wasn’t fussed on them and the atmosphere on Saturday was every bit as good as before they got there,
    Something along those lines.

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #69

    An over reaction to what I say ?
    Never !!!
    Heaven forbid the fair-minded people on here would do that !!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #70

    I’d be surprised if Chalov wasn’t high on our shopping list. Russian league is on a 3 month break, and has a longer window, allowing for longer time to replace and integrate new signings. If we were interested in the summer it would be unusual for us to just forget about it.

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #71

    Pathetically alluding to anti wor flags then saying you personally loved them …

    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.

    When Rafa left they left

    Can’t help yourself can you , what a bitter twisted old man you are

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  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #72

    posada was talking about the Everton game
    he said:-

    “The atmosphere at the ground was on a par with most of the previous three years.
    No Wor Flags.
    Personally I don’t miss them.”

    Hardly slating them

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #73

    Jib
    So you class changing from 5-2-1-2 to 4-3-3 is “tactics” do you?
    Bloody hell that’s revolutionary and never been done in the Premier league! SB is the next Man City coach we’d better extend his contract! Lol

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  • Mindshaft

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #74

    Anyway , regardless have a good New Year’s Eve along with everyone else on here 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #75

    Lindisfarne,
    Colback is going nowhere, he’ll be looking to get 20K a week at Forest which on a free they probably can afford, he’s probably already sorted it the treacherous mackem tw@t.
    As for the rest, as I’ve stated many times before, we’re going to see an exodus of players, they’ll be desperate to get shot of Manquillo as well rather than see him leave for free.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #76

    Jib

    I shall rejoice when you follow your mate to Toronto, figuratively speaking.

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #77

    Oh and Jib! WE LOST!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #78

    Jail

    I would be surprised if anything happens at all.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #79

    Jail,
    I think not missing them, and having a go at them are very different things… I’ve heard mixed things on the atmosphere at the ground for the Everton match, but that atmosphere was in a steady decline before even Ashley came along!

    I did love the flag that used to go over me in the east stand in the Keegan years though, even if I had to stand on my chair to help pass it along. It didn’t create the atmosphere, but it became a big part of it!

    Don’t really know how anyone could be against Wor Flags, unless it is more the people with them obstructing a view, which isn’t really their fault.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #80

    In fairness, I can’t imagine they were popular with staff…. Would need to be checked first, given access, and then some had to be removed amd taken off people. Added hassle for those who aren’t paid all that well already.

    Doesn’t make Wor Flags bad mind, if we were well run and had a good owner, there would be no reason to vet or remove flags as they would be positive.

    Anyway, really daft topic to argue over. Especially as there isn’t really a right or wrong, or even distinct sides being taken….

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