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Newcastle Linked With English Midfielder Who Is ‘Within Bruce’s Budget’

The Sun’s Alan Nixon is reporting that Newcastle are ‘asking about’ Watford midfielder Will Hughes. Nixon claims the 26-year-old fits into Steve Bruce’s budget. However, he reported last month that Bruce would be handed a £50m war chest which is looking increasingly unlikely.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked to Hughes. Newcastle were tracking Hughes when he was a promising teenager with Derby over seven years ago. However, Newcastle never pulled the trigger on the former England U21 international and he moved to Watford in 2017.

He’s made 118 appearances for Watford with 8 goals and 10 assists, including 31 last season in the Championship. Watford were comfortably promoted the first time of asking this past season so he’ll be back in the Premier League this season.

Hughes is entering the final year of his contract which could be why Newcastle see him as a viable option. Watford are trying to tie him down on a new long-term deal but have come up short in negotiations so far.

However, in May, Hughes proclaimed his desire to remain at Vicarage Road despite his contract situation. This is what the midfielder said as published in The Watford Observer:

“I’m really happy here, I’m settled, back in the Premier League. There’s nothing better and that’s how I want it to remain. It’s as simple as that.

“There’s no thoughts in my head about not me moving elsewhere.

“That’s in my agent’s and the club’s hands. That’s not something I’m really concerned about and it’s not something that I’ve really thought about. I’ll give my all for Watford until my contract is up.”

Hughes would be a decent signing if Bruce could get him in at a cut-rate price. However, it would beg the question of what that means for both Sean and Matty Longstaff, who are both entering the final year of their contracts.

6 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Just read a fact that George Lucas wanted Tupac for the role of Mace Windu but he obviously passed before he could audition.

    Imagine that 😯

  • Romford mag

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    No thanks !

  • G

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    He looked very good whilst he was at Derby, but was never that impressed by him at Watford. By no means a bad player, but certainly not an improvement on what we already have.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Another no thanks from me.

    Mr Tubbs………………………..OOT
    Loony lefties……………………OOT
    Other associated knackers…..OOT

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #5

    We were linked with this guy before he went to Watford I mean hes not that much better than Colback

    Does seem like a Bruce signing run around a lot but don’t do anything on the pitch

  • Romford mag

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #6


    It’s like a game of whack a mole on here !

    Where will you pop up next ! 😆


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