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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

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #81

    This blog specialises in daft topics to argue over

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #82

    That makes you the expert at being daft

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #83

    I agree on Colback, so the sensible thing to do (if Forest, or anuone else wants him) is to let him go for free, and his new club pay whatever wage they agree with him, and we pay the shortfall of his current deal. Say he gets 20k, we pay 30k to top up.

    Not ideal, and pure greed on his part, possibly should have seen it coming. Still saves us 20k a week to go to someone elses wages, rather than him getting 50k and not involved.

    A fit and match ready Colback would probably be very much involved for us at the minute mind, in centre mid and would also offer cover at LWB for Willems….

    Not a good thing, just shows how poor this squad is. Diame is a big loss.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #84

    Ha ha, I never said he was slating them, just passing on what he said.
    Aye, it would be very prudent just to get rid in January, not sure how we managed to get him out on loan before but let him hang around this season. Not sure why he wanted to either.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #85

    Ha, fair enough, you didn’t!

    I imagine we paid the majority of his wages when he was on loan, and this uear we probably thought we would play hard ball, and nobody came in with the reddies…. He also probably thought if he stayed he would be in the squad… Everyone ended up being stubborn I would guess. Noses being cut off left, right and centre just to spite their faces.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #86

    Why will Burnley be selling McNeill unless a stupid offer comes in, we’re not going to be making one.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #87

    That was probably a contributory factor to Ashley’s mistrust of Rafa
    Big Mike would be mortified at a player on £40k pw being ostracised
    and sent to train with the kids.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #88

    McNeill will go in the summer. Love it to be to us, but highly unlikely. Morelos seems popular on here, hewill be another summer transfer as well, or 40million plus if he is to go in Jan.

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #89


    Jabba didn’t like Rafa as he didn’t toe the party line and showed some ambition

    Nice try at defending him though

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #90

    I’m sure you love “ Big Mike “


  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #91

    Ashley hated Rafa from the moment he was forced to give him a three year deal @£6M a year and full control of the Wijaldum at al cash.

  • toon22

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #92

    How many other clubs wouldn’t like the fans showing support for the team with giant flags ?

    Our club chucked them out and actively discouraged them

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #93

    Why do you think that would have been an issue with Rafa, but he is happy for both Colback and Saivet to be ostracised in that fashion under Bruce?

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #94

    Another rewriting of history
    Wor Flags opted to leave (quite understandably)
    when Rafa left.
    The club never chucked them out

  • hibbit

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #95

    if it was all down to Rafa why didn’t Bruce reintegrate Colback back into the squad in the summer when he had the opportunity but chose to not even give him a squad number ???

  • Tyran21

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #96

    Takumi Minamino looks like a steal. He plays more like a Brazilian than Joelinton in that champion league match against Liverpool.

  • Jib

    Dec 31, 2019 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #97

    Bruce inherited the situation
    The squad he picked seemed fine
    Personally I was surprised , we would see the benefit
    of a utility player like JC now.
    Probably too much water under the bridge to bury the hatchet
    You’ve seen what a fan like Jail’s opinion of him is

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 31, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #98

    I agree, a motivated and fit Colback, would probably be quite important to the squad right now. Bruce could have integrated him, was it Bruce that managed Sunderland when Colback jumped ship? It could be there is bad blood between them from that.

    I think he would have been readily accepted by the squad, unless things have been said behind closed doors…

  • hibbit

    Dec 31, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #99

    just find it funny that Bruce is not picking exactly the same players as Rafa did, or did inherited all those as other situations as well,

  • hibbit

    Dec 31, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #100

    “or did he inherited all those as other situations as well”


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