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Bruce Could Be In For Budget Boost But It Will Not Be Greeted With Cheers On Tyneside

Steve Bruce could be in line to receive a slight boost to his summer transfer budget soon. Football Insider is reporting that Southampton are confident of winning the race for former-Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong.

Newcastle added a 40% sell-on fee when selling Armstong to Blackburn for £1.5m in 2018. He’s since taken The Championship by storm bagging 44 league goals over the past two campaigns, including 28 last season. In June, the 24-year-old was named the Championship’s PFA Player of the Year.

Blackburn’s hands are tied if any club comes in with a significant offer as Armstrong is entering the final year of his contract. Rovers may have to sell him at a cut-rate price with Football Insider claiming the Saints are hopeful just £10m would seal the deal after a breakthrough in talks.

Norwich, Everton, West Ham, and Newcastle have all been linked with Armstrong but it appears that Southampton are poised to win the race. If they do, Newcastle will get a few million in the bank which will hopefully be handed to Bruce to help improve the squad.

Newcastle’s summer business has stalled after it was reported that Mike Ashley would back some early business. Other than three Academy signings and a reported bid for another in Wolves defender Dion Sanderson, Newcastle don’t appear to be close to adding any players at the moment.

In fact, the club have yet to release a retained list with a number of players out of contract as of June 30th. At the moment, it appears Newcastle United are doing the bare minimum to get by in the hopes the Saudi takeover gets resurrected.

If it doesn’t, that could be a disaster heading into a very difficult campaign. Both Norwich and Watford have bounced straight back up and are strengthening early in the window. If former-Magpie Ivan Toney can continue his torrid goal-scoring form in the Premier League, then Brentford may be no slouches.

Newcastle should be making a run at Armstrong, who could be added for a bargain price. Though I can’t see Ashley shelling out three to four times what he sold a player for just three years ago.

Armstrong would be a popular signing and his fee would be offset significantly by the sell-on clause but we are unfortunately still at the mercy of our want-away owner.

57 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Armstrong doesn’t want to come

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2


    Very true mate! “hinders progress and efficiency” The Track and Trace system is shining example of that so good that they got another contract to work on something else for big money 🙂

  • carltoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope England are really up for this, and don’t think game is a given, although i think Southgate has managed to keep the team grounded.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Desperately short all round.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    How many inflatibles will be in the spectators tonight?!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Good luck to him, he’ll probably get a lot more games with them, hope he goes on to play for England and really embarrasses the Toon management!

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Chris Conway
    Right, #NUFC fans…

    I’ve just done a lengthy interview with #AmandaStaveley for

    She covered everything from where the deal is, what is the process going forward, her vision for the club should she take over and what happens if arbitration fails.

    It’ll go on @itvtynetees website later this afternoon and the full thing will be available to watch on our facebook page after that. I’ll also have a report on our programme at 6pm tonight.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry Reilly

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    So Ings is not renewing his contract with Southampton and is looking for a big move and they are getting Armstrong to replace him? I always did think he played in a similar style to him to be fair

    Well good luck to him but I would have loved to see him make the grade here

  • magscar

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #10

    REPOST – Jail’s not around to dispprove and I’m in a naughty mood


    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:40 PM
    Comment #203


    Haha tIt’s not the opposition ruining PM’Q’s it’s the man himself ducking and diving to the puerile cheers behind him – Bozo indeed

    Even if you regarded the Oppostion as effective it wouldn’t change the manner in which PM approaches this important challenge as he thinks it means the time for him to ask questions !

    At least it’s in public if embarrassingly so – Mother Of Parliaments ! – we need to look at how other countries have moved on from the orginal bear pit model to a serious debating chamber

    To be honest it shouldn’t need an oppositon to highlight the succesive failures he is trying to hide behind a largely successful vaccine rollout and a postponed enquiry as anyone living hrough this nightmare should be able to see

    Anyway enough poltiking for me unless anyone else has posted to me in meantime

    I’m off to watch Easy Rider inspired by Lesh’s sneaky Nightshift post at this hour ?

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 7, 2021 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Still in El Salvador which is football crazy. The atmosphere in the Hotel Sports Bar was electric last night for the Argentina v Colombia semi final. It’ll be interesting to see if I can muster some support for the England match later.

    A couple of renditions of Land and Hope and Glory should do the trick. This could be a potential banana skin vs Denmark so let’s hope Gareth and Graham have the right game plan. Howay old Blighty make us proud to be English again.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #12

    £10 million you say.
    Gayle, Hendrick minus our 40% sell on fee + £1 million in cold hard cash and Bob’s your uncle.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Nice to see you back on the blog Swalbr.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Going for a 2-1 win tonight and it will be done in the 90 minutes, just for you WLtoon so I guess that’s England out of the tournament then.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    No excuse for the ill informed. Speaker of the House is a labour MP – Sir Lyndsey Hoyle – who is a labour politician. Nowt to do with the Government.

    Bad crack when hatred obscures reality/the truth.

    Viva Blighty.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Good to see you back on the blog Mr Tuff.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Is everybody in the pub getting their seat for the game already.

  • Carson80

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Come on England players give it some ooomph when you’re singing the national anthem tonight, you’re only in the semi final of a major tournament after all.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Carson – aye cheers. Not a lot of Toon news to discuss at the minute. Lot of stuff is repeated -by us all I suppose.

    England team is providing a decent base for posters thoughts -currently.

    So tonight I am going for a 3 -0 to England.

    Viva Blighty.

    Yee scallies who do not support England should clear off this blog. Or indeed anti English scallies.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Tomorrow would be a good day to bury news that TO is going through whether Hengerland win or lose

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Dave the Frogs been saying that for days, long before any one else and i now agree with you both,
    it would be a great time for the PL to be burying news,

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #22

    I think, obviously, tonight will be a lot tougher game than Ukraine but I don’t consider Denmark to be a better team than Germany. So if we can contain them for the first half hour or so then I think our superiority will tell and we’ll go on to win the game quite comfortably. However if we let them get off to a good and God forbid they score first then it could be a struggle.

  • magscar

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Wor B last thread

    Magic mushrooms on my morning constutional – Oh I wish!!

    Wor lass and I are both in self isolation after our breakout late last month into the wider world again after 14 months of shielding

    Ironically ( and i am posting this as a warning) it’s because like the “Born To be Wild ” 70 years old folk we are we allowed my daughter to finaily to join us indoors on Saturday evening to watch match on our large projected screen – windows and doors open of course

    Up until then it had been garden only or parks etc

    Safe – as we,her and her husband were fully vaccinated ( her second at beginnig of June)

    Fast forward to Monday morning to a phone call to let us know that a lateral flow test she had jst taken was positive and she had booked a PCR for 8:30 that morning which was confirmed next day

    She had felt a little tired and unwell on Sunday as she worked in garden but thought maybe after affects of celebrating the win then was really feelng poorly during night

    Coincdently or not she had had a bad reaction to her first Astra dose but not second

    So we did lateral flow tests and we are both negative and no symptoms (as yet)

    She respsonsibly named us on Track and trace app as recent contacts and we have had emails telling us we have to legally stay at home

    We can book a PCR test ( will take a day maybe as it is becming ovewhelmed locally with a big surge in cases) but even if negative you have to complete the 10 day isolaition ( sensibly of course)

    OK so despite my wife being extremely vulnerable because we have both been doubly vacinated and more than followed the rules as they were eased by staying cautious we may have come through without hospital – fingers crossed

    But it highlighted misgvings i had already about the increase of new Delta variant and 19th July ( Freedom Day) that even those fully vaccinated aren’t necesarily protected and in any event will have to isolate if having been in contact with a person testing positive

    It seems from yesterday’s news that the self isolation requirements will contnue for some weeks beyond that date (is what it is) and i can see an inevitable rise in them given our experience ths week which won’t be unusual (Carltoon mentioned a week or so back that her fully vaccinated neighbours had had to isolate as contacts)

    I should add that we and our family have been scupulous in following all advce and guidance and not been in the slightest cavalier given the family’s concern for my wife’s vulnerability

    When the 10 day expires we are going to have to rethink our family strategythough as we don’t want to be thrust back into another 10 day period after waiting so long to get out (even so cautiously) into the real world again

    Could have been worse as she or other members of family could have have caught it earlier but then again we wouldn’t have been contacts

    So just be aware that whilst your health is largely protected the need to self isolate hasn’t disappeared with vaccine rollout and inevitably numbers required to self lisolate will rise exponetially as the daily positive tests do

    Oh and remember If you have the NHS app and are now out about in pubs etc you could get pinged later without even knowing the contact and it could be repeated as and if it happens again which seems more likely after19 July- but act responsibly and you will be fine – i was !

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #24

    *good start

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t read The Daily Frog…..

  • simon376

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27


    I’m now working for dept of health on test and trace, make sure you have that PCR test, only one that can really be trusted. Hope you and the family are all ok and your daughter gets better asap

    Going to be a nightmare come 19th

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #28

    magscar @23 – Your story seems to be happening more and more recently. I know a couple of people who despite being double jabbed have tested positive BUT they haven’t been ill with it. At work although we only go in a couple of days a week a lad tested positive and half the office was pinged by the app – we’ve now been told to disable the app at work as we have screens up between desks!

  • hibbit

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Dave maybe you should you seem to have a lot in common

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #30


  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Reilly @28 – The consortium have obviously made a conscious decision to go public with nufc and the Ashley camp making statements about transparency and now Amanda popping up on Sky Sports and ITV with a similar message about transparency. The question is why? – is it a last throw of the dice as they think they are going to lose or are they sick of waiting and trying to expose the PL and drag this into the open to try and force the issue?

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #32



    Your tale comes as no surprise and unfortunately, the message that jabs don’t provide immunity hasn’t been made strongly enough. Whilst you and Mrs M have taken all reasonable precautions, your experience confirms that the virus is indiscriminate, there to catch any of us.

    I despair when I see the scenes in fan areas and pubs, fans of whatever nationality care free, drunk on booze and the tide of nationalism that BoJo has actively encouraged. Sadly, the English flag also provides a rallying cry for some of the less savoury folk who count themselves among English fans.

    However, we are where we are and your experience won’t be unique but a message to us all.

    Take care.

  • magscar

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Mister Tuff

    It is quite in order at least with me for non-English folk who frequent this American based Blog with world wide readers and posters (not all ex-pats) to not be obligated to support England – in fact I would be amazed if Jespefulang (?) if still around wlll

    As to English participants well that is up to them in this free Blighty world – some are more concerned with Club football ,us in particular and England football cricket Rugby and even netball just escapes them

    Oh and a point of order – The Speaker has to be impartial and i believe gives up their MP status once elected by the House of Commons – with a large Tory majority in Parliament funnily enough in Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s case ( don’t think alternative was Corbyn)

    The outgoing Speaker the fomer long standing Tory MP John Bercow was a much loved Tory ( so much so that he wasn’t given the usual passage to ” the other place”) but maybe hasn’t been lost to Poiitics as he has joined the Labour Party

    So i agree It would be a shame if “hatred” got in the way of facts

    Viva Blighty 🙂

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35


    Might I suggest that the the consortium and Ashley’s use of the media is a means of trying to expedite the process.

    The EFL seems to have painted itself into a corner and procrastination is all that’s available to it until the hearings commence.

    I noticed that Amanda seemed to offer the EPL the possibility of some compromise from the buyer group.

    Could the media focus be an attempt at pressuring the EPL to consider its options:

    * Dig in and draw criticism for refusing to go publc;

    * Be exposed as bending to pressure from beIN and the so-called big six;

    * Meet the buyer-seller group reps to discuss a compromise whereby the takeover is approved and Ashley gets some compensation for the EPL’s failure to clear it.

    We can but wait

  • Wor B

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #36


    Wow, that’s quite a story, I hope you and your family come through this unscathed!

    On the bright side you have more time to spend on here. Er, hmm, maybe I should think before I type. Take care.

  • simon376

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Without a doubt, the owner we all need, not a long video right now, more later I think, but just listen to her


  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #38

    lesh @35 – your suggestion is another possibility – however one thing for sure is they definitely must have a good reason for suddenly going public after all these months of silence. As I said I just hope it’s an effort to put pressure on the EPL rather than a desperate last throw of the dice!

  • magscar

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #40


    It is what it is and we are OK if a bit hacked off but oould be worse

    I put up purely as a cautionary tale especially this week with Euros and the likely self isolations that will be be generated

    The consequences for some even on low wages who despite what people may think won’t find £500 compenttaion winging their way each time either

    Better scenario than hospitals being overhwelmed undoubtedly but freedom comes at a cost and Joe Bloggs often pays more than his fair share – it was ever thus

    Have a good day all – Wor Lass feeling neglected now she has finished all her household chores and has asked nicely for a break before she tackles car and caavan inb between showers – letting her make me a cup of tea

    Like the good Geordie lass she is (not Shields like Carltoon but neighbouring Howdon) she will ensure to have all done and tea made, then beers ready for tonight should i decide she can watch match with me

    Trying my best to be unreconstructed but failing badly- as if I would ever 🙂


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