Leeds United 'ready' £11.2m bid for Newcastle United 'target'; Magpies labelled 'very insular'

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has claimed Newcastle United are “very insular” as he backs Steve Bruce to remain in charge next season.

Bruce remains unpopular with sections of the United fanbase despite climbing away from Premier League relegation danger in recent weeks.

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Hoddle has suggested fans’ expectations are too high and believes the 60-year-old head coach deserves to stay next term.

Sampdoria's Gambian defender Omar Colley has been linked Newcastle United and Leeds United. (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

He told the Glenn Hoddle Footy Show: “I think Steve will stay. He’s working hard to make sure the club stays in the Premier League.

“Why would he move on? He would want to be backed and see if he could take Newcastle to a different level.

“That’s the problem with Newcastle. It’s very insular.

“All the Newcastle supporters are very close to that city, obviously, and they believe they are a club that should be up there, like Leeds have done or Wolves have in the past few years.

“There are a few examples – Sheffield United last year. (Newcastle fans) are asking: ‘Why can’t we do it?’

“They’ve probably got a point – but (Bruce) needs to be backed by the ownership.

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“I think (Bruce) is fighting for Newcastle. If they stay up, he deserves to have one more year and see where he can go with this.”

Leeds ‘prepare’ bid for Newcastle-linked defender

Leeds United are readying an offer to sign reported Newcastle United target Omar Colley.

That’s according to Italian publication SampNews24 via Sport Witness, who claim Marcelo Bielsa’s side are willing to meet Sampdoria’s price tag of between £10.3million and £11.2m.

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The Magpies have been linked with the Gambian defender on numerous occasions since the January transfer window.

Colley, 28, has played 23 times in Serie A this season with Sampdoria sitting 10th in the league table.

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