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Steve Bruce tells Sky Sports where Newcastle United are at with summer transfer window

2 months ago

It is ten weeks since the 2020/21 Premier League season ended and only two weeks until the new 2021/22 season kicks off, with Steve Bruce now talking to Sky Sports about the situation regarding Newcastle United signing players.

Or rather, not signing them, up to this point.

Steve Bruce tells Sky Sports that Newcastle United fans have to be patient and claims that this is what he has been saying from the very start of the transfer window.

Well I recall it a little different to that, Steve Bruce back in May saying that he was confident that three or four quality players could be added to this Newcastle United squad.

I don’t recall any messages about be prepared to move into August 2021 as the only Premier League club not to sign a single player.

Steve Bruce also persists in making desperate and factually incorrect claims about how hardly any clubs are spending money and bringing in players. As you can see from the listings below, we are at the end of July 2021 and at least 55 players have been signed by the other 19 Premier League clubs and Ben White’s £50m move to Brighton has ensured the running total is around £550m already spent by PL clubs on players.

A major concern is that pretty much all the clubs who will be fighting out the relegation spots with Newcastle United, have done serious business already. Brighton for example have already broken their club’s transfer record when paying £22m for Enoch Mwepu, now with their £50m from Arsenal they will no doubt be adding more signings.

With the promoted clubs, it looks like all three are going to have a real go at staying up, Watford having already signed seven players and Norwich six. Whilst Brighton have spent well over £20m on two players and signed another for an undisclosed fee. Crystal Palace buying players that will end up costing them around £50m and so on.

In another interview on Friday night, Steve Bruce said that Newcastle United had done everything they could to sign Joe Willock and other players, yet in the next breath admitted that NUFC were yet to make a bid for a single player in this transfer window.

Something doesn’t add up…though it is easy to add up how much Newcastle United have spent so far in this 2021 summer transfer window. Saturday is day 53 of the transfer window, only another 31 remain after today. Plus most importantly, not a single player so far brought in to strengthen this NUFC team / squad ahead of playing West Ham in two weeks time.

Steve Bruce talking to Sky Sports about Newcastle United transfer window:

“Talks are ongoing as far as people coming in.

“And I think that is the vital thing, the supporters want to see one or two walk through the door.

“We are doing our utmost to make that happen.

“Hopefully, something this week might fall, but as I have said from the start of the window, we have got to remain patient.

“We haven’t got a lot of money, like most clubs. So we will see what we can achieve.”

Sky Sports interviewer:

“Is there an update on the Joe Willock situation that you can let us in on Steve?”

Steve Bruce:

“It is ongoing.

“As I have said many times, we have got to be respectful to Arsenal and to Joe. He is their player.

“Look, we will do our utmost if Joe Willock becomes available.

“As I have said from day one, we have tried to bring him back.

“As I have said, he is Arsenal’s player and at the minute, he is still Arsenal’s player.

“So we will see what develops…”

Premier League clubs signings agreed so far in 2021 summer transfer window:


Ben White – £50m from Brighton

Nuno Tavares – £8m from Benfica

Albert Sambi Lokonga – £15m from Anderlecht

Aston Villa

Emiliano Buendia – £33m from Norwich

Ashley Young – Free from Inter Milan


Frank Onyeka – £10m from Midtjylland

Myles Peart-Harris – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea

Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m from Celtic


Enoch Mwepu – £22m from RB Salzburg

Kjell Scherpen – Undisclosed from Ajax


Nathan Collins – £12m from Stoke

Wayne Hennessey – Free transfer from Crystal Palace


Marcus Bettinelli – Free transfer from Fulham

Crystal Palace

Joachim Andersen – Eventual fee could reach £18m from Lyon

Marc Guehi – Eventual fee could reach £20m from Chelsea

Michael Olise – £8m from Reading

Jacob Montes – Undisclosed fee from Georgetown University

Remi Matthews – Free transfer from Sunderland

Conor Gallagher – Loan from Chelsea


Demarai Gray – £1.7m from Bayer Leverkusen

Andros Townsend – Free transfer from Crystal Palace

Asmir Begovic – Free transfer from Bournemouth


Junior Firpo – £13m from Barcelona

Kristoffer Klaesson – Undisclosed from Valerenga

Amari Miller – Undisclosed fee from Birmingham City

Jack Harrison – £11m from Man City


Patson Daka – £22m from Red Bull Salzburg

Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille

Ryan Bertrand – Free transfer from Southampton


Ibrahima Konate – £36m from Leipzig

Man City

Scott Carson – Free from Derby County

Man Utd

Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund

Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa


Pierre Lees-Melou – £3.5m from Nice

Billy Gilmour – Loan from Chelsea

Ben Gibson – £9m from Burnley

Dimitrios Giannoulis – £6m from PAOK Salonika

Angus Gunn – £5m from Southampton

Milot Rashica – £11m from Werder Bremen


Romain Perraud – £12m from Stade Brest

Theo Walcott – Free transfer from Everton


Bryan Gil – £21m from Sevilla

Pierluigi Gollini – Loan with option to buy for £13m from Atalanta


Imran Louza – £9m from FC Nantes

Ashley Fletcher – Free transfer from Middlesbrough

Danny Rose – Free transfer from Tottenham

Emmanuel Dennis – Undisclosed from Club Brugge

Peter Etebo – Loan from Stoke

Joshua King – Free from Everton

Dapo Mebude – Free from Rangers

West Ham

Alophonse Areola – Loan from PSG

Craig Dawson – Undisclosed fee from Watford

Pierre Ekwah Elimby – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea


Rayan Ait-Nouri – Undisclosed fee from Angers

Francisco Trincao – Loan from Barcelona with £25m option to buy

Yerson Mosquera – Undisclosed fee from Atletico Nacional


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