Newcastle have only added Joe Willock this summer which puts Steve Bruce’s squad on par with last season. When asked about the likelihood of signings in recent days, Bruce hasn’t sounded very convincing that anything is strongly brewing behind the scenes.
That was the case again this morning during his press conference for tomorrow’s match against Southampton. Bruce was again asked about incomings and said the following as published in The Chronicle:
“I’ve got four or five in mind. Whether it will be possible to get them off the other clubs? That’s always a problem.
“We’ve had our targets and the ones to look for and the ones to keep an eye on. We’ve had to wait because, usually, the bigger clubs will have a look.
“We’re a big club ourselves – don’t get me wrong on that – but a lot of people take pre-season and the last couple of games to look at their squad.
“Now, in the next two or three days, we’ve all got to name a 25-man squad. I think a lot of people are in a situation where there’s going to be some disappointed players around because they’re not going to make the 25, which is always a situation no one wants to have.”
Bruce played the waiting game with Joe Willock and the plan remains the same for his other targets. He could strike lucky twice if one of these four or five targets become available. But we’ll likely be waiting until deadline day to find out.
Bruce has spoken exclusively of loan signings recently with the claim that he has no more money to work with. Though an interesting link has surfaced over the past day or so.
According to Alan Nixon with The Sun, Newcastle are monitoring the situation of Kang-In Lee, who has just one year remaining on his contract with Valencia.
Wolves Southampton and Newcastle taking a look at a late move for Kang-In Lee. Valencia midfielder. South Korean international. Being freed. Mallorca also trying.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 27, 2021
Nixon is suggesting that Valencia will release the midfielder after being unable to reach an agreement for a new deal. However, that claim hasn’t been verified anywhere else. In fact, it was just a few weeks ago that reports had his asking price at £8.5m. He reportedly has an astronomical release clause as well.
Valencia apparently will listen to offers for the South Korean but it’s unclear if they would just release him for nothing. Though one potential reason to do so if they can find no takers is that he would take up one of Valencia’s non-EU slots.
If Kang-In Lee does get released, he becomes an interesting prospect for Newcastle. At only 20 years of age, he wouldn’t take up a squad place. Newcastle are currently at 25 players if Bruce names 4 goalkeepers.
He is a very versatile and skillful talent who could create some chances in and around the box. Though his finishing is very suspect. However, he doesn’t turn 21 until February and has already racked up 62 appearances for Valencia. So he could be a decent addition if Valencia do decide to release him.
62 comments so far
Aug 27, 2021 at 6:52 PMComment #1
So Man Utd sign CR7 and the home debut is going to he against us… Just our luck
Lee Charnley Bunga Party
Aug 27, 2021 at 6:59 PMComment #2
So does everyone still think protests don’t work?
Man Utd fans went mental and here they have got the fans back on board with ambitious signings
Our crowd turn up and sing Stevie Bruce gies a wave…..
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:05 PMComment #3
Major difference, we have Ashley holding the purse strings.
NUFC is now on a par with Trigger’s retirement broom.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:06 PMComment #4
So you think Ronaldo debut against us is bad
I agree instead of 5-0 now it will be 8-0
As for protests they do have an impact especially when clubs want a manager change
But Bruce will now be heartened if there is a contact on the table
He should sign it on the center circle before kick off
There you have the chance for a big wave you embarrassing mugs
Come on you saints
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:11 PMComment #5
Although Trigger’s broom had the odd brush and pole replacement… it still worked. Meanwhile back at St James’…..
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:14 PMComment #6
I have to give you the award for funniest post (last post).Roy Keane would last approx 2.5ns before exploding and walking out.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:15 PMComment #7
Your dog looks adorable but sad.
It’s almost like he’s saying ‘please not Roker beach again’.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:18 PMComment #8
You could take Kev’s last stay, divide it my the number of seconds Sir Bobby lived and he would still not stay that long.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:20 PMComment #9
You’re a golf man.
My handicap is 20.5 and a very inconsistent player. Some very good mixed with plain duff shots.
Played 9 holes today and was level par after 5 holes, bogey, birdie and 3 pars. I started to get excited as this had never happened to me before. I then bogeyed the next 2 and double bogeyed the final 2 to drop 6 shots in total. But boy it was fun to feel like a scratch golfer for just over an hour! The joy of sport. If only the Toon could reignite similar feelings in following them.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:20 PMComment #10
Sad dog Zorro, Roker is not a place to let your dog roam. Sir Pugalot just back from 2 hours running around Brooklands racetrack
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:23 PMComment #11
Feelings not experienced since that 3-2 against Feynoord under SBR. I remember diving off the sofa towards the telly in my ‘Fever Pitch’ moment saying ‘this is it, this is a turning point for this club in terms of believing we could achieve success’. How wrong could I have been as it was largely downhill after that.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:23 PMComment #12
I played Czech open pro/am in 2018 (I was living in Praha and knew the organiser) That was a course and a half!!!!
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:24 PMComment #13
Feynoord or Barca?
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:24 PMComment #14
i was wrong about Matty going on loan but Aberdeen is a good place to go.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:26 PMComment #15
so that frees up a place, wonder who will come in. interesting.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:33 PMComment #16
Man Utd, Arsenal and West Ham probaly have to keep shareholders happy.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:35 PMComment #17
Re: golf, I’m similar, if only we could put all those great shots together in one round.
One day, it’s what we live for!
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:36 PMComment #18
We signed Willock for 29 mil Euros and the other united signed Ronaldo for 23 mil Euros?
chancel be a fine thing
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:41 PMComment #19
WorB, With Leicester playing Norwich and you having 3 of their players and you having 2 ManU players in defence as I think the Wolves ManU will be a low scorer. I think it’s gonna be close and will depend on whether ManU keep a clean sheet or not
But then again WTF do I know. Delayed going for Benramha and Antonio last week because I didn’t think they’d do well against Leicester.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:43 PMComment #20
“i was wrong”
That settles the gender question for me.
How’s things Mr jane?
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:47 PMComment #21
going by that there must be lots of female posters!
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:48 PMComment #22
Friday night football for me is Burton Albion v Cheltenham Town.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:55 PMComment #23
It was the Feynoord game, with Bellamys last minute winner. An emotion that was simply unbeatable. Reminds you what football is all about, and feelings that we haven’t experienced often enough. Without any of those moments it’s pointless.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:55 PMComment #24
Cheltenham are managed by ex-Burnley player Michael Duff. got them promoted to league 1 last season. good start to his managerial carreer.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:56 PMComment #25
Wheres all the clubs money gone ?
We are skint after we got 171 million ?
Wheres it all going
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:56 PMComment #26
I’ll never put 18 holes together like I had today in one match, but it’s the taste of competence that keeps you coming back for more.
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:57 PMComment #27
I doubt we couold give Cheltenham a game right now
Aug 27, 2021 at 7:58 PMComment #28
toon22 wait for the accounts to be published.
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:00 PMComment #29
at least we are not in league 1.
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:04 PMComment #30
Jail for Ashley
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:04 PMComment #31
I’ve got the eggman in FPL this week, top player 😕
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:06 PMComment #32
Congratulations on the 3 points for this weeks H2H & your welcome! 🙂 🙂
My luck is terrible with this game! Good luck!
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:08 PMComment #33
It’s next week you need to worry about! 😉
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:10 PMComment #34
Dark horse 😉
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:11 PMComment #35
Seen a link with us the other day with winks, id take him in a heart beat but seems a stretch. Think we need roy race to save us from bruceless anyway but hes happy at melchester rovers shame as he could do a job as player manager
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:13 PMComment #36
I’m expecting good things this season in FPL Rom after the coaching last year!
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:15 PMComment #37
Pot ,kettle! 😉
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:17 PMComment #38
It was a spelling mistake.
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:18 PMComment #39
I appear to be a piebald donkey.
Of all the players in each H2H I’m 2nd bottom points-wise, but I swear I’m trying my best!
What makes it worse is I’m fairly sure DubaiMicky with fewer points and several players above me don’t even remember they are in this damned competition!
Jail for Ashley
Aug 27, 2021 at 8:20 PMComment #40
Have you been living on a kibbutz 😮