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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

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #41

    simon376@37 – She’s obviously going to say all the right things in an effort win the fans over but yeah I agree she’d be a brilliant owner sitting on the board.

  • Reilly

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #42

    Alan Nixon
    · 13m
    Newcastle United. Asking about Will Hughes at Watford. Midfield. All round ability. Would come within Bruce budget …

  • simon376

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #43


    Totally agree, but to actually hear club belongs to the fans and they are just custodians, well hopefully anyway

  • Online Guy

    Jul 7, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #44


    Just for the record my harmless Joke on the slick 50 etc was directed at no one else, it was me taking a rise out of myself..no one else.

    How you could find something in that to hit me with smacks of some sort of Grudge ..You have never let the Jane thing go ..accusing her of Being Jib.

    New Target perhaps ? Just leave it.

    good luck.

  • Online Guy

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #45


    2 weeks back you alluded to me being Jib .

    Whats wrong with ya !

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #46

    Thought we were all Jib! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #47

    Great win for Durham last night in the cricket!

  • martoon

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #48

    I’m still trying to work out what Online Guy is an anagram of? 😆

  • Reilly

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #49

    Newcastle United FC
    · 6m
    Writing hand #NUFC are pleased to confirm that Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernández and Dwight Gayle have all signed new deals with the club.

    The option of extending the contracts of Paul Dummett and Fabian Schär into the 2021/22 season have also been exercised.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #50

    Speaking of suffering, I’ve been suffering excruciating pain in my ankle for a few weeks which I suspect might be gout, so to make it worse I’ve giving up alcohol for the moment! 🙁

  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #51

    My brief and unworthy take on Covid.

    I believe it’s time we got our lives back.


    I feel certain precautions are a must, and the most important of these is the 10 day self isolation. This should never be stopped.
    If you test positive, stay away from everyone else.
    Basic common sense and decency.
    If you get “pinged” get a PCR test, you won’t have to isolate if you’re negative.

    With common sense and caution, we may all get to live again. 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #52

    Bill, Allopurinol is what you need. Sorts out gout nee bother. Get onto your GP.

  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #53

    EGB Get yasell off to the Doc’s, if it is Gout? he will prescribe Colchicine and jobs a goodun. 😀

  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #54

    Bob Snap (ish)

  • Mund

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #55

    Carroll still speaking with the club, will be back Monday, apparent 12 month deal on the table.

  • geordietom

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #56

    That interview with Amanda was that just a snippet is there more to come ?

  • geordietom

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #57

    Magscar , if your still around …

    small( ish ) world wor lass is from Howdon as well …


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