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Official Tuesday update on Newcastle United transfer window situation with 1 week to go

3 weeks ago
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The Newcastle United transfer window has only a week left to go.

Today (Tuesday 24 August) is day 77 of the window and it then finally shuts on day 84 next Tuesday (31 August).

It has become all too apparent in the opening two matches against West Ham and Aston Villa, that in certain areas of the NUFC team / squad there is a desperate need for better quality and or strengthening the depth of options available.

Tuesday morning saw Steve Bruce give his pre-Burnley press conference and no surprise that this Newcastle United transfer window was a major topic of questioning from the journalists.

Steve Bruce asked whether likely to see any more signings before transfer window closes next Tuesday (31 August 2021):

“A difficult situation with finances, so if there is maybe a loan deal who can help us, then that’s what we’ll try and do.

“But as for bringing in somebody permanently, I can say that is probably not going to happen.”

Steve Bruce asked specifically about Hamza Choudhury:

“It would be unfair of me to mention other players [from other clubs].

“There’s a lot out there at the moment and in the last week of the window, I believe there’s a bit of work to do.

“However, as we have seen all throughout the summer, it’s been difficult for a lot of clubs.”

Not the most uplifting of updates, basically no more money will be spent on permanent signings and only if a cheap and cheerful loan deal presents itself, might Mike Ashley allow another player to come in.

Central midfield does appear to be the place where a player might come in on loan and Steve Bruce has indicated previously that he is interested in Hamza Choudhury.

The Leicester midfielder has been an unused sub this season as Leicester beat Wolves 1-0 and then lost at West Ham last night 4-1, Ayoze Perez sent off in the first half.

Hamza Choudhury has only started 25 Premier League matches these past four years for Leicester and was only named four times last season in Brendan Rodgers’ PL starting eleven.

Today’s official update very much mirrors claims from The Telegraph on Monday, stating that the entire budget allowed by Mike Ashley has been spent on Joe Willock, meaning no money available for any other signings. Newcastle paying an initial £22m for Joe Willock but that offset by £6m+ they will receive after Adam Armstrong’s move to Southampton triggered a 40% bonus clause in NUFC’s favour.

In addition, you also have to factor in that since the last previous first team signing, Jamal Lewis on 8 September 2020, these past 12 months have seen the following 10 Newcastle United players also removed from the NUFC wage bill:

Dan Barlaser, Rolando Aarons, DeAndre Yedlin, Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu, Andy Carroll, Henri Saivet, Florian Lejeune, Elias Sorensen and Yoshinori Muto.

As usual, Steve Bruce this morning trying to make out that Newcastle United’s lack of transfer business is similar to pretty much every other Premier League club this summer, something that is very wide of the mark with over £1billion already spent by the other 19 Premier League clubs on some 80+ signings.

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