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Will Bruce Ask Ashley To Sanction Permanent Signings This Month?

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.

59 comments so far

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    We are a couple of players away from having a very decent team, unfortunately the bigger problems is getting us playing as a good footballing team

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #2

    You can bring in as many attackers as you like, but it won’t matter a jot unless we get forward in greater numbers, and earn a greater share of possession.

    Frankly I’d look to move on both Ki and Shelvey, and as a priority go all out for a more attack minded, hard running, ball winning quality centre mid in their place, and even use Matty as his cover, and one of Hayden or Sean Longstaff anchoring the midfield.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #3

    More pace, in the engine room, along with everything else I mentioned. That’s what we need, but let’s be honest, players like that are not at all easy to come by.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #4



    Brucie bingo time. Don’t think any of us will know what he’s going to pick so here goes my offering.


    Krafht Francillette Clarke Cass

    Yedlin Lomgstaff S Longstaff M Ritchie

    Allan Carroll

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #5

    The 13th plate crashes to the ground!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey’s quick enough, he’s also got a fast brain that compensates for being just a bit slower, just needs the players around him to keep up!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 14, 2020 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #7

    On that note G’dNight to anyone still around!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    No he isn’t Bill. He’s a gifted player, quick brain for sure, but he’s neither physically fast enough, nor has the engine to get box to box. He needs to play further up the pitch for us, but that of course will expose our back 3, and allow greater space between the lines for opposition attackers to exploit, simply because he can’t get both up and back. Our midfield is a problem. Bruce has spoken before about not having enough pace throughout the spine of the side.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #9

    You could play maybe succeed with him as a holding mid, which I think is where Bruce likes him, if you had box to box player alongside him, but then you’ve got his lack of bite in the tackle and his natural inclination to dwell on the ball to worry about. I like Shelvey, but there are obvious pro’s and cons to his game, and we are talking about a player in a critical position on the park. You need your central mid to win their personal contests, or you’ve got little chance.

  • kc2012

    Jan 14, 2020 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Selling Shelvey would be the worst thing we could do. What we should be doing is building our team around him. If anything he should be trying to push through a move to a club who play a decent style of football, so we’re lucky to have him imo, not trying to move him on. He has absolutely nothing in front of him in this system, so it’s a case of pinging balls into orbit which probably frustrates him.

    If we played Miggy on the left, Saint-Maximin on the right and Joelinton just behind a decent, mobile striker (his actual position) then having Shelvey sat in the middle behind them he’d flourish but until we bring in a decent striker we’re stuck with the same boring system.

    If Shelvey played for Spurs he’d run the games and it wouldn’t surprise me if someone like them actually came in and took him. Then we can sit around and watch him flourish whilst we bring in his £400k replacement from the French 4th division who uses school books for shin pads.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Well the problem is we don’t have the calibre of players that Spurs do to surround him with, and also logically if he would flourish at a club like Spurs and more importantly improve them, then that’s surely where he’d be. I could see him flourishing at AC Milan, for example, and improving them, he is a fine player, but not at a senior EPL side, because of the pace they play at.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #12

    A back three shouldnt need protecting by two anchormen, not unless your tactic is to surrender possesion. We should be playing football with the players we have. Almiron and ASM are good enough for top 6 if they start scoring and getting assists. They both run enough to play in a pressing team.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 14, 2020 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #13

    No, but you do need one, and you do need the other to get up and down, and you need a defense that doesn’t need the extra protection, and I don’t think we do have that.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I suspect Sean is a better player than we are seeing too. Maybe he struggles with the instructions ‘if you get the ball pass it to them so we wait for a counter attack or dead ball.’

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #15

    we had one of the best defences under the previous manager, even when we plsyed 4 at the back. lejeune and Lascelles are great defenders.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #16

    my two in the middle would be sean and hayden. shelveys one of my fave players as hes a joy to watch so id try to get him involved.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #17

    What would you think of buying one or two players who can pass the ball to get things moving for us. Not a sideways recycler like Ki but soneone like Swift (poor mans Maddison) or Merino. Other players who could provide a link are Izzy Brown, Loftus Cheek. a lot of ex Chelsea players who had the talent but were pushed out. Lallana or Rooney could even do it if they can still play.

  • lesh

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:42 AM

    Comment #18


    With respect, when I suggested that someone who has long advocated the right of the fans to attend matches might just renew if Ashley agreed to spend a few quid this window, the suggestion was based on the strength and consistency of his advocacy.

    Don’t you think that someone who has consistently defended the right to attend and does so, no matter what and without any suggestion of even supporting a protest, is hardly likely to break the habit of a lifetime and lose his precious seat?

    I may be wrong but a boycott’s a boycott and attending a match because it’s not a Prem game suggests that the strength to fight Ashley’s abuse is weakening.

    Just imagine the scene if all fans who’ve given up their STs or given up going to matches at SJP attended the Rochdale cup match, the substantially increased crowd would look impressive on TV. It’d also give Ashley a bit of a victory over the boycott campaign. .

  • lesh

    Jan 14, 2020 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #19


    You could buy the best players in the world but under the instruction if a poor coach, the team wouldn’t perform if the game plans and tactics were as good as their trainer

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 14, 2020 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #20

    thats true lesh. im just thinking if we can get a top 6 squad we should be able to finish 4th bottom. bruce has gambled that this horrible tactic will just about secure our safety. hes forgot hes not at hull or birmingham now and that this boring ‘football’ will drive away thousands of supporters.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2020 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Mikey most definitely has the local press and the red tops in his pocket. Pointless having a yacht and a private jet if you can’t invite Lee Ryder or Martin Samuel over for a weekend to wherever it’s parked.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Well we’ve dropped out of the worlds 30 richest clubs.


    So much for a wise investment from the fat one, looks like the value of his investment (less the amount he’s taken out one way or the other), is actually dropping.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Deloitte Money League
    Rank // Club // Revenue

    1 // Barcelona // £741,100,000
    2 // Real Madrid // £667,500,000
    3 // Manchester United // £627,100,000
    4 // Bayern Munich // £581,800,000
    5 // PSG // £560,500,000
    6 // Manchester City // £538,200,000
    7 // Liverpool // £533,000,000
    8 // Tottenham Hotspur // £459,300,000
    9 // Chelsea // £452,200,000
    10 // Juventus // £405,200,000
    11 // Arsenal // £392,700,000
    12 // Borussia Dortmund // £332,400,000
    13 // Atletico Madrid // £324,000,000
    14 // Inter // £321,300,000
    15 // Schalke // £286,300,000
    16 // Roma // £203,600,000
    17 // Lyon // £194,600,000
    18 // West Ham United // £190,700,000
    19 // Everton // £187,700,000
    20 // Napoli // £182,800,000

    21 Milan; 22 Leicester; 23 Ajax; 24 Benfica; 25 Wolves; 26 Valencia; 27 Eintracht Frankfurt; 28 Zenit; 29 Porto; 30 Crystal Palace.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 14, 2020 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Please ignore the post @23.

    Everyone knows Ashley is doing a sterling job with the finances…

    Jib, just saving you the effort this morning, I know you’ve been busy of late.

  • c-dog

    Jan 14, 2020 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Bowen is the one to get

    Almiron ASM Bowen
    Pace, youth, attack

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 14, 2020 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #26

    We’ll end up with Jim Bowen.

    Does SB look like Bully?

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Can’t see us signing a striker on a perm deal, if we end up with a front line of ASM / Piatek / Miggy then where does this leave our record signing … On the bench ?
    I just can’t see fatty freeing up funds so he can see his ’40’ million striker wasting away on the bench .
    Bruce might persuade fatty to get a loan striker at best

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 14, 2020 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #28

    Don’t think anyone saw Setien going to Barca … Jibs tea leaves clearly feeding him complete bollocks 😀

  • c-dog

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #29


    Our record signing is unquestionably the worst signing in the clubs history. Time to move on. If Ashley sits on his hands we could go down.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #30

    So half way through the window and all this talk that Bruce could maybe get a better response off Ashley in terms of transfers has so far proven to be BOLLOCKS!

  • martoon

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #31

    Mindshaft – you make a good point. If Bruce asks Ashley to fund a new striker his answer will be but I’ve already broke our transfer record to buy you one! Whether Bruce will then have the Cahoonas to answer yes but he wasn’t my pick and he’s cr*p is debatable :mrgreen:

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #32

    We should be going all out for Bowen he is exactly the right fit for us. He will spend his life on the bench at a top 6 club. Who would he get in ahead of at spurs?
    Buy him for 20 million.
    Loan martineli from arsenal
    Buy or loan to buy a classy creative attacking midfielder
    Job done.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Joelinton is a 2nd striker at best, he needs to be played with a main striker IF at all

  • c-dog

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Bruce will have the balls to put it to Ashley

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #35


    But didn’t Bruce “sign off” the deal?

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #36

    What a bunch of tossers run Barcelona
    They decided on a successor yesterday
    “A bit ugly,” was Andrés Iniesta’s verdict. “Unpleasant,” he called it

    .As Valverde took training on Monday, so the candidates circled, some seemingly thrown into the air at random. You name them, someone else had named them. This ran and ran, information and rumour intertwined. Some of it sounded absurd, but then … no Xavi, no Koeman, so on to Massimiliano Allegri, Roberto Martínez, and Quique Setién – the man who did eventually take his place. Gabriel Milito, Thierry Henry, and Marcelo Gallardo. Mauricio Pochettino, who had said he would sooner work on a farm than manage Barcelona. Francisco Javier García Pimienta, the B team manager. For now, at least. And then, well, we’ll see.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #37

    I think we may struggle to get a stream for tonight, hope Jib proves me wrong, it’s only on BeIn Connect as far as I can see (In English).

  • lochinvar

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Everton, West Ham, Leicester, Wolves, Palace are all higher in the Deloites league of wealthy clubs.

    Premiership positions generally reflect this as well.

    A downward trend.
    Rather like retail.
    Any connections there Mike ?

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Working on it Micky

  • Jib

    Jan 14, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m thinking we may have missed the Deloitte list
    entirely because of our late accounts – due to the
    Grant Thornton debaclé


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