Newcastle United: Steve Bruce provides major transfer update

Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /

A few new faces are expected to sign for Newcastle United over the next three weeks.

Steve Bruce and his Newcastle United squad have begun their preparations for the 2020-21 Premier League campaign in York.

The Magpies will compete in four friendlies against Crewe Alexandra (Aug.25), Barnsley (Aug.29), Middlesbrough (Sep.1), and Stoke City (Sep.5).

That is the best pre-season schedule the front office could come up with due to the global pandemic, although the quality in competition is far from where it should be.

Now it remains to be seen how good of a transfer window Newcastle United will have. Mark Gillespie has joined the club, Jeff Hendrick completed his medical, and Matty Longstaff decided to stay put.

In an interview yesterday, Bruce provided fans and pundits with an interesting transfer update. According to the gaffer, fans should definitely expect three more signings, possibly four.

In addition to the aforementioned deals with Hendrick and Longstaff, Bruce said “we have one or two things bubbling away,” hinting at imminent deals.

This is great news for the club as more competition is needed in all areas of the pitch. The primary area of concern is the front line.

Only two of the four strikers currently in the squad – Dwight Gayle and Joelinton – managed to find the back of the net last season, but their combined tally was only six goals.

Newcastle United have been linked with a wide range of strikers and wingers over the last two months, but there has not been any detailed information regarding the negotiation process.

The Magpies will be operating on a limited transfer budget this summer, so the club could very well bring in a striker and winger as loanees as well.

Newcastle United will begin their season in London on September 12th when they go up against West Ham.

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The Magpies have to act quickly if they truly aim to meet their objective of signing three or four more players to best prepare for the new season, and integrate the newcomers into the squad.