Decision On Pulling Transfer Trigger For Newcastle Target Falls To Steve Bruce

Ross Houston
July 28, 2019

Benitez was a hugely popular figure at St James' Park, in contrast to Ashley, who has turned to Bruce against a backdrop of increasing pressure to sell the club. I've followed the Premier League from Brazil since I was little and know about the huge tradition of the club and how passionate the fans are.

'This (Joelinton) is a statement from the club, ' said Bruce, who was presented to the media alongside the 22-year-old. Of course he wants more than that. I'm too long in the tooth for that.

Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Southampton striker Charlie Austin after he was involved in a bust-up with Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, according to a report which was published by The Chronicle.

"I've heard it said that I'm a puppet but I'm not Mike Ashley's bagman or anything else". 'It was all positive in that respect. "There is proof already", Bruce said.

'So far (Ashley) has been straight as a die.

But Saint-Maximin - despite questions outstanding about his attitude - would represent good value at €20m, and Charnley should just stump up the extra money and make sure he gets his man.

"We've got to take the club forward". I will certainly be my own man, I always have. But hopefully, given time, I'll win people round and the supporters will say "he's not so bad after all'".

Since Ashley took over in 2007, Newcastle have never made it beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup, and the criticism has always been that survival was the priority of the hierarchy. "I understand I'm not the majority of supporters" cup of tea", he said.

"We'll try and use that avenue if we possibly can". It won't be easy, but it's doable.

If Newcastle do win the Cup under Bruce, they won't just be singing his name.

"So that's got to be the aim".

Manchester United are interested in signing Newcastle's Sean Longstaff.

But Bruce, who met with Ashley at the club's training ground on Wednesday, hopes the arrival of Brazilian striker Joelinton for a reported £40million can go some way to appeasing the unrest among fans. 'So, that won't happen. Training is very intense and I like that, that's important.

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