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Bruce Refutes Willock’s Reported Price Tag And Reveals His Expectations For Summer Window



With Newcastle edging toward safety, the topic of the upcoming summer transfer window was broached during Steve Bruce’s press conference for Arsenal this morning.

While Bruce was adamant that 36 points were not enough and that there is still much work to do, he admitted to feeling a lot better than just a month ago when Newcastle were really in the thick of a relegation fight.

Newcastle have been steadily linked with a few players of late, such as Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, who could be one of our top targets this summer. However, Bruce again expressed his desire to bring Joe Willock back next season.

Bruce was quick to warn that the 21-year-old is an Arsenal player and conversations were still to be had. However, Bruce did throw doubt on recent reports that Willock’s price tag had been set at £20m saying the following:

“Journalists have put the price tag. Certainly, I don’t know where the supposed £20m price tag has come from.

“I think that’s the more pressing thing is that we have to have a conversation with Arsenal, and we have to respect the fact that he’s an Arsenal player, and he’s a young player too.

“So, we don’t even know if he’s available yet. So until we have those conversations with Arsenal?

“I do know that Joe’s enjoyed it here. Why wouldn’t he? The football world is talking about him. To get three in three, and coming on as a sub has got everybody talking about Joe Willock.

“He’s done very well for us as a really young lad, we’re delighted with him.”

As Bruce stated, it’s unclear whether Willock will even be available this summer. Arsenal may very well want to keep their young midfielder at the Emirates, and who would blame them?

However, since he’s getting first-team football, it may serve both Willock and Arsenal to allow him on another season-long loan at Newcastle next year. Bruce did confirm that Willock would be starting if that were to happen:

“If we can get him for next year, he won’t be a super-sub. I think he’ll be playing.”

Another loan deal may be all that Newcastle can afford this summer as transfer funds are expected to be limited. However, the coffers may not be completely dry. Bruce was asked about how plans for this summer were shaping up.

Bruce admitted that he didn’t expect much of a transfer kitty, however, he said would do his best to squeeze every last penny out of Ashley that he could. Here are Bruce’s expectations on the upcoming window:

“I’m sure every club will be scrutinizing a Bosman, for example. They’re always attractive for obvious reasons. Look you quietly plan ahead, of course, you do.

“I think with every club, the managers that I speak to have no doubt been hit badly financially, which is understandable when you consider the past year. We’re all going to have to cut our cloth.

“That’s always difficult. I have to understand, and all the supporters will understand to, that there won’t be millions and millions and millions of pounds spent this summer.

“We’re not alone in that. Up and down the country clubs have been struggling.

“We’ll see what we’ve got. It’s my job to batter down the door and get as much as I can and see what we can do.”

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223 comments so far

  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #41

    Mags

    Genius to make a song from it, like the video too.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #42

    carltoon

    We rented a cottage near Bamburgh one August. Fortunately, there was plenty of coal!

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #43

    Ron give me the South of France any day of the week. We love it down there can’t wait to go back, looking at the price of ferries already.

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #44

    RON, it is beautiful, but I need the sun now, ha ha pleased you had plenty coal

    1
  • magscar

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #45

    carltoon

    I spent my last ST years up on L7 but not near away fans – only place i could get for myself and grandson on a reasonable price

    Oh the lack of atmosphere , freezing even in May, birds eye view and the stairs – even up from the Concourse ;-(

    After first few games decide shame or not I was getting lift up !!

    Either that or spend time lying on Concourse in recovery position for first half

    3
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #46

    Carltoon …

    id rather go back to rhodes love it there , anyway been away from the northeast quite a while now dont think id like the cold now …

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #47

    Tom

    How many countries have you been to across your life?

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  • magscar

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #49

    OP

    I was in Gallowgate for that match – if I remember Gareth Barry got involved with separating them or it might have even got worse as it had been building up.

    Also the match when a sniper got Steve Taylor on goal line ( i think) -oh happy days 🙂

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  • Online Guy

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #50

    Magscar

    What happens is we who do not want or welcome confrontation are going along nicely and then one sees a derogatory post..one answers it and hey ho ..back to fending off the attacker

    Time and effort is taken up by the distraction..people wade in on the side of the offender regardless of who kicked it off out of the blue and ignoring right or wrong and fair play in order to side with the culprit and it becomes a war zone of abuse and disrespect.

    What needs to be done is to take out the person who made the incendiary comment to another in the very first disruptive, meant to cause trouble post.

    Take the one that fired the first arrow off for 3 days.

    Yesterday was near Perfect with peace and friendship seen in abundance.

    Some one does not understand ..and I don’t know why but sending aggressive unfriendly mocking posts out to others when everyone is getting on looks like deliberate trouble making at a time when everyone is getting along just fine .

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  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #51

    Lesh

    My favourite Whisky (12yr) atm, cheaper in supermarkets and occasionally on special offer, worth a go if you haven’t already tried it…

    https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/143/aberlour-12-year-old-double-cask-matured

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #52

    MUND …

    about ten i think , maybe more when we go on cruises we wake in a different country most day …

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #53

    Mund …

    been to scumberland a few times does that count 😀

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #54

    My last years were in Platinum club.

    Shit atmosphere most of the time, good for nipping out at half time or getting pints.

    Best atmosphere was 5 1 Sunderland, think it was the only time they all joined in singing.

    Fell down 2 flights of stairs drunk at half time, Bents (sure it was Bent) goal got a huge cheer from all the home fans and mocking gestures till end of match.

    It’s the only match that really stands out from my time in Platinum club.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #55

    Tom

    Never been on a cruise but me and the missus would love to do one time.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #56

    Tom

    I never asked what third world countries you have been too 😉 😆

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #57

    MOST DAYS*

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #58

    OP i was so close to the away fans it was frightening, coming out one match i was going to work on the nightshift so was running down from the Leazes, and tripped up, there were thousands of men running behind, me luckily two picked me up, ha ha never had such a shock

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #59

    Mags

    Horrible game and day.

    I think you’re right on Barry.

    Had some weird games and incidents against them.

    Shearers sending off by Reni, who was their player with the priceless reaction?

    Eghiou?

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #60

    Mund …

    if you ever get a chance in the future go on a cruise im sure you’ll enjoy it mate, you meet people from all different walks of life mate honestly you’ll love it …

    as we speak guess what wor lass is looking at right now…

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #61

    Trifles? 😆

    1
  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #62

    I hate when beaches or towns villages areas are voted best.
    There are literally hundreds and hundreds of fantastic places in this country.
    Also in any other country.

    2
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #63

    Mund@56 …

    i guess it doesnt then 😀

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #64

    OP, I’ve had a few looks from people in the Platinum Club, you can’t breathe too loudly, but I don’t care, i can’t help it, I take loads of Kalms, they do work a little.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #65

    Carltoon/Mags

    During the 5 1 game, where I was sitting you could see the Mackems filling plastic bags and bottles with Urine throwing it on home supporters bellow.

    Disgusting, their stewards just stood watching.

    I can see why they’re up there, but Jesus wept!

    Not very well thought out

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #66

    mund …

    trifles pmsl not today mate , she gets her second jab in two weeks and she’s looking to get us a holiday when those covid passports come on line …

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #67

    Carltoon

    Im not shy, I sing louder when they look.

    A bloke once complained his wife couldn’t see when I stood up, I told him she’d see better if she put her magazine down!

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #68

    She was reading OK magazine at the Man U game ffs

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #69

    OLG …

    i put a message on for you on another thread , dont ask me which thread though 😀

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #70

    Eeh! That Reni, when he sent Shearer off, your right about the opposition players, they were as shocked as anyone, he was a terrible referee, although what referee has ever been good for us.

    1
  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #71

    I need an old timer to help me with the snooker.
    Wasn’t it true you had to go back with que then forward in one smooth movement.
    Nowardays they all do ‘push shots’
    Much easier to pot like that.

    1
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #72

    Tom

    Good luck to the missus mate and get that holiday booked have something to look forward to

    1
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #73

    OP, it infuriating when I see woman on their phones, or talking about Corry. It gives other female fans a bad name.

    1
  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #75

    Mund …

    CHEERS mate but we arent going any where until we find out how safe it is to travel to another country …

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #76

    Carltoon

    I know a few lasses who go to the match, I get your point though.

    I know a few blokes who love going to the match, their wives go with them for the day out, no interest in the football.

    I always say in jest it’s to stop them drinking with their mates 😉 it’s true!

    3
  • Adamn_92

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #77

    Christ on a bike

    7
  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #78

    OLG

    If I remember rightly the Wife mentioned before about it being possible to have a mute button but nothing came off from it but a great idea.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #79

    Adamn_92,
    Unicycle 🙄

    3
  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #80

    One game i had a couple of day trippers in front of me, I knew the girl who’s seats they where, well i must have been getting carried away, so after half time we scored, so as usual the day trippers, came back late, so I said oooh you missed the goal we’ve scored, she turned around, and said ” It’s ok I heard you shout ” ha ha . I was speechless, it goes to say I shouted louder,

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