Some new details have emerged on Steve Bruce’s pending transfer meeting with Mike Ashley that was revealed this morning during Steve Bruce’s press conference.
Steve Bruce said the following when asked about transfer activity this morning:
“I am meeting up with the owner in the next couple of days. That is planned.
“As I have said all along, if there is something that can make us better and they are available, I will ask the owner, of course.
“He was very supportive in the summer. So let’s see what we can get.
“I have said all along we won’t just bring players in for the sake of it.
“Most of the injuries we have will be back in two or three weeks.”
The Chronicle are reporting that the idea for the meeting came from Mike Ashley to see if there was a way he could support his head coach.
Ashley hasn’t seen Bruce since Joelinton was signed in August, so this will be their first face to face meeting since well before the season started.
Bruce was also asked what he planned on saying to Ashley at the meeting. This is how he responded:
“My pitch will be exactly what I’m saying to you: ‘If there’s somebody out there, will you try and help us?'”
The idea could be that Mike Ashley may be willing to make some permanent deals this January rather than loans with an option to buy.
Two players come to mind who Newcastle would love to get in but will only be allowed to leave on permanent transfers.
Krzysztof Piatek– unused substitute on Saturday
They are RB Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman and AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek. Maybe Ashley could be willing to fund deals for these players, or of similar ilk, with money that was projected for the summer.
Lookman would cost around £22.5m and has only played 4 times for Leipzig this season so they would likely be willing to part ways with the 22-year-old.
Piatek has reportedly been made available for £30m. He, too, could be out of the reckoning at Milan with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
On Saturday, Piatek did not play a part in Milan’s 2-0 win at Cagliari. It was the first time the Polish international has not played in a match this season.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli even transitioned from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 for the match to have two strikers on the pitch. He opted to use Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao, who both scored goals.
There is also a report from Italy that Aston Villa have just bid £30m for Piatek. So we’ll see if anything comes of that.
Jarrod Bowen– could meeting with Ashley cause Bowen breakthrough?
Jarrod Bowen is also a name that could come up. Hull City don’t want to sell their star this January, but if Newcastle can put in a £20m bid for the 23-year-old, that could pressure them to sell.
Bowen has not signed the three-year contract offer Hull put on the table in October. So if he receives some offers this month, he may want to take his shot at the Premier League this season rather than continuing to wait for that opportunity.
It should be very interesting to see if Ashley will support Bruce this window and loosen the purse strings for a permanent signing or two.