5 Newcastle United players now made available as Steve Bruce desperate to trade – Report
Steve Bruce has now made a number of Newcastle United players available for sale, according to new media reports.
The Mail say that their information is that the NUFC Head Coach is desperate to bring in at least one of his targets but must sell one or more of the current Newcastle United players, to help make room and raise funds to help finance any incoming signings.
The report says that Hamza Choudhury is the big target for Steve Bruce but that even to get him in on loan from Leicester City, Mike Ashley is insisting that there is outgoing action first.
Bruce was interested in Choudhury in January and The Mail say he is keen to get regular football elsewhere, having made only four Premier League starts last season and an unused sub at the weekend when Leicester beat Wolves.
Newcastle’s central midfield pairing of Shelvey and Hayden were poor on Sunday and gave very little protection to the defence, as four goals were conceded and it could have been even more.
As for the Newcastle United players who are reported to be now made available for sale, The Mail say their information is that Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark, Jeff Hendrick and Sean Longstaff can leave.
In addition, it has been previously widely reported that Matty Longstaff is also available to leave, whether on loan or to be sold presumably.
Matty didn’t even make the 20 man squad on Sunday against West Ham, Schar and Hendrick were unused subs, Sean Longstaff got only six minutes late on, whilst Ciaran Clark started and played the full 90 minutes.
Most Newcastle United fans will be hoping for some late action in the transfer market but will also be left wondering why it has been left so late.
It was obvious that a lot more is needed than Joe Willock, yet no urgency shown whatsoever ahead of the season.
Whether Choudhury is the answer is an unknown, however, what is clear is that change is needed when it comes to central midfield.
It is very difficult to see any club paying money for Jeff Henrick and with Ciaran Clark turning 32 next month, you can’t imagine him having much transfer value.
It was bizarre to see Emil Krafth picked ahead of Fabian Schar on Sunday but there again, Steve Bruce has made clear that he doesn’t like having central defenders such as Lejeune and Schar who can play / bring it out from the back. Schar is in the final year of his contract and would probably be the most likely to sell of the players listed, whilst rumours have increased in recent days of Sean Longstaff potentially leaving, he is also in the final year of his contract, as is brother Matty.
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