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Steve Bruce told not even any money to pay for a loan signing in next 36 hours – Report

2 weeks ago

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

Aston Villa

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

Crystal Palace

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

Man City

Jack Grealish – £100m from Aston Villa

Scott Carson – Free from Derby County

Man Utd

Raphael Varane – £34m from Real Madrid

Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund

Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa

Newcastle United

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

West Ham

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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