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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

  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #201

    Mund think it was Monday or Tuesday I said we would win 3-0, think even more so after last night Arteta will be resting players on Sunday.

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  • Just a fan

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #202

    I saw thauvins first game in a friendly.he scored one and had three assists.
    Just off memory so who knows.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #203

    Fat dave.

    I was always envious of Dennis Irwin at LB for Man u, steady as they come, Mr constant if ever there was one.

    Can’t remember seeing him have a poor game.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #204

    Consistent

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #205

    Tackle but did we have him on loan, I’m sure I can remember him,

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  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #206

    And Carltoon is right PVA was signed in the January of 2010 on loan till the end of the season from Chelsea I think.

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  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #207

    This is gonna get sticky.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #208

    He was defo on loan. Another loanee I thought we should of played more was Rossi

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #209

    JAF

    Then he just thought it was a joke turning up in tuxedos for match day.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #210

    Lillian Thurram for me was a hell of a rightback but was also played in central defence.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #211

    Thank you Carson80, my memory is failing fast, he’ll be left like all the other loan players we never bought, who went on to better things.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #212

    Although he went to play for Sunderland, so not better, but did play well.

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  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #213

    carltoon

    Apologies for the lack of hilarity today, had my boss on the phone this morning.

    He reckons I’ve been missing work of late.

    I said “Oh I don’t really miss it at all”. He didn’t laugh. 🙁

    No sense of humour that man but hey ho, my early retirement scheme seems to be back on track!

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #214

    Stephen Carr was a good left back, got forward well and could cross and shoot – I liked him.

    Tough as boots as well.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #215

    Sorry – right back

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #216

    Can anyone remember Big Busby, he was on loan to us. I was desperate for us to buy him, just because he was good looking. But he as a good footballer as well

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #217

    VIV Busby not big Busby i mean come on spell check

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  • carltoon

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #218

    WorB, made myself laugh there,

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  • Optimistic prime

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #219

    If we’re talking from any league/era.

    Maldini or Baresi, best two defenders I’ve seen.

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  • Wor B

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #220

    carltoon

    Yes I remember Busby.

    Big yellow bird sitting on phone wires advertising a government monopoly.

    Canny player but forever snapping at Billy the Fish.

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  • Mund

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #221

    Mentioning Maldini he could of been the best at any position at the back. He wanted to be a CB but had no chance getting a spot there and same with RB. His only choice to make his own was LB which he did brilliantly. His later years he moved into CB and agree he was one of the best ever. Cannavaro was nifty as well.

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  • TheTinman

    Apr 30, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #222

    Carltoon, last year I was in the North Sea at Druridge Bay and the Atlantic at Cornwall, can’t remember the beaches name now. And honestly I didn’t feel that much of a difference both were bloody freezing.

    At Cornwall everybody was in wetsuits except me 😆

    And in Northumberland no other silly bugger was in!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    May 1, 2021 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #223

    Paul Scharner was a decent player. Scored 9 goals in one season from centre back. Could also play in midfield. Was better than Mike Williamson

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