Since the transfer window opened, Steve Bruce has downplayed expectations for January. Though he has admitted that targets have been identified and if he feels they improve the squad he’ll try his best to bring one or two in.
Newcastle have been linked with a few domestic loans. There were recent reports that a deal in principle has been agreed for Manchester United fullback Brandon Williams.
However, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah looking to be headed to Bayer Leverkusen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to keep the 20-year-old behind as cover.
That is what talkSPORT’s Alex Crook thinks may happen. This is what Crook said about the knock-on effect of Fosu-Mensah leaving Old Trafford this month:
“One of those affected could be Brandon Williams, the United defender who is wanted by both Southampton and Newcastle.
“I wonder if United would be so willing to let him go now that Fosu-Mensah is set to depart because that would leave them a bit short of cover at full-back.
Crook’s comments come off the back of an interview Steve Bruce did on talkSPORT earlier. It was during this interview that Bruce reiterated his stance for this transfer window. He again said a couple of targets are ‘bubbling away’ but he’ll only bring in a player that improves the squad.
This was Bruce’s familiar answer when asked about this window:
“We’ll see. If there’s somebody there who can help us, we’re always actively looking and one or two things are bubbling away.
“But I cannot see it being a busy transfer window for everybody.”
Bruce did, however, add something new during this interview in that he has ruled out moves for any attackers this month. When asked about the reported interest in Bournemouth forward Josh King, Bruce was adamant that he was not a target while also revealing his lack of concern about the ‘top end of the pitch’.
Here is Bruce’s response when asked about Josh King:
“No, No. At the top end of the pitch, we’ve invested a lot of money, so no, we’re okay in that area.”
If Bruce can be taken at his word, it looks like he’ll concentrate on the defense and midfield for this window. This could also mean that Elliot Anderson, who made his debut over the weekend, could be called upon more in the second half of this season.