Steve Bruce told not even any money to pay for a loan signing in next 36 hours – Report
Quite possibly not the news Newcastle United fans were hoping for on Monday morning with only 36 hours or so until the transfer window closes.
Newcastle United starting the season so poorly, losing three games and a lucky draw in the other after having been dominated by a relegation rival, out of the League Cup already and conceding eight goals in only the three Premier League matches.
So many areas of this Newcastle United squad looking in desperate need of strengthening.
Yet a new report from The Telegraph has warned Newcastle United fans not to expect any more signings in the closing hours of this transfer window.
Steve Bruce’s close friend Luke Edwards, stating that his information is that the club (Mike Ashley) have made clear that there is absolutely no more money for incoming transfers.
With that message to Steve Bruce from the club / Ashley including not even enough cash available for him to make a loan signing.
This past week has seen significant action from Newcastle’s likely relegation rivals with at least eight signings added to what had gone before – Norwich (two), Burnley (two), Southampton, Watford, Crystal Palace and Wolves.
With West Ham and Tottenham also making significant additions in recent days, that makes it at least 89 signings so far (see below) by Premier League clubs, with an estimated minimum of £1.2billion spent so far. An average of four or five signings per club and average spend of £60m for the 20 clubs.
Of those totals, Newcastle United contributing one signing and a transfer fee for Joe Willock of around £22m, rising eventually to £25m if targets are met.
This past week, Steve Bruce revealed that even that signing only happened because after a wasted summer of waiting for Arsenal to allow a loan deal that was never going to happen, Mike Ashley eventually accepted that Newcastle would have to pay a transfer fee and the club’s owner reluctantly allowed the deal to happen by permitting it to be paid in instalments because he had made such a small transfer budget available.
The £6m+ Newcastle will receive due to the Adam Armstrong contract 40% transfer clause will almost certainly cover most, if not all, of that first instalment. Whilst there was also cash received for Florian Lejeune this summer.
In addition, you also have to factor in that since the last previous first team signing (before Joe Willock), 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.
At a conservative guess I would say that these lot must have meant around £200,000 a week (£10m per year) has been knocked off the Newcastle wage bill. At the other extreme, I think £300,000 a week (£15m a year) is the highest possible in terms of reduction of the wage bill. On top of these, a host of younger players have also left the club this past 11 or 12 months.
Steve Bruce had confidently promised the arrival of three or four quality new signings ahead of this transfer window opening, yet now the transfer pot is apparently empty with only one player signed. Not even enough for a loan signing…
The 2021 summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday (31 August) night, sounds like we won’t be seeing too many shots of St James Park or the NUFC training ground on Sky Sports.
Premier League clubs signings agreed so far in 2021 summer transfer window – up to close of Sunday 29 August 2021:
Aaron Ramsdale – £24m from Sheffield United
Martin Odegaard – £30m from Real Madrid
Ben White – £50m from Brighton
Nuno Tavares – £8m from Benfica
Albert Sambi Lokonga – £15m from Anderlecht
Danny Ings – £30m from Southampton
Axel Tuanzebe – Loan from Man Utd
Leon Bailey – £30m from Bayer Leverkusen
Emiliano Buendia – £33m from Norwich
Ashley Young – Free from Inter Milan
Yoane Wissa – £9m from Lorient
Alvaro Fernandez – loan from Huesca
Frank Onyeka – £10m from Midtjylland
Myles Peart-Harris – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea
Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m from Celtic
Enoch Mwepu – £22m from RB Salzburg
Kaoru Mitoma – Undisclosed from Kawasaki Frontale
Kjell Scherpen – Undisclosed from Ajax
Nathan Collins – £12m from Stoke
Maxwel Cornet – £13m from Lyon
Aaron Lennon – Free agent
Wayne Hennessey – Free transfer from Crystal Palace
Romelu Lukaku – £97.5m from Inter Milan
Marcus Bettinelli – Free transfer from Fulham
Will Hughes – £6m from Watford
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
Jannik Verstergaard – £15m from Southampton
Patson Daka – £22m from Red Bull Salzburg
Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille
Ryan Bertrand – Free transfer from Southampton
Ibrahima Konate – £36m from Leipzig
Jack Grealish – £100m from Aston Villa
Scott Carson – Free from Derby County
Raphael Varane – £34m from Real Madrid
Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund
Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa
Joe Willock – Eventual £25m from Arsenal
Brandon Williams – Loan from Man Utd
Christos Tzolis – £9m from PAOK
Mathias Normann – Loan from Rostov
Josh Sargent – £9m from Werder Bremen
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
Lyanco – £7m from Torino
Adam Armstrong – £15m+ from Blackburn
Armando Broja – Loan from Chelsea
Romain Perraud – £12m from Stade Brest
Tino Livramento – Undisclosed from Chelsea
Theo Walcott – Free transfer from Everton
Cristian Romero – £42m from Atalanta
Pape Matar Sarr – £18m from Metz
Bryan Gil – £21m from Sevilla
Pierluigi Gollini – Loan with option to buy for £13m from Atalanta
Moussa Sissoko – £3m from Tottenham
Ozan Tufan – Loan with option to buy from Fenerbahce
Juraj Kucka – Undisclosed from Parma
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
Kurt Zouma – £30m from Chelsea
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
Jose Sa – Undisclosed fee from Olympiakos
Hwang Hee-chan – Loan from Leipzig
Bendeguz – Undisclosed fee from Fehervar
Francisco Trincao – Loan from Barcelona with £25m option to buy
Yerson Mosquera – Undisclosed fee from Atletico Nacional
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