Newcastle United in China: Steve Bruce hits back at 'nonsense' and gives transfer update

Steve Bruce says Newcastle United are “active” in the transfer market.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 9:29 am
Updated Friday, 19th July 2019, 9:30 am
Steve Bruce.

Bruce today held his first press conference as as the club’s head coach.

The 58-year-old was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League Asia Trophy game against West Ham United in Shanghai, China.

Bruce was asked about transfers at Newcastle, and he insisted that he will have the final say on any signing.

The club, which has lost last season’s loanee Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez to Leicester City, hopes to sign Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.

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“Of course, we want to make a couple of signings at least,” said Bruce. “With the loss of Rondon and Perez, that's an area we have to take a look at.

“We’re active in the transfer market as we speak, and, hopefully, we can get a couple of players over the line.”

Bruce will work on deals with Steve Nickson, the club’s head of recruitment, between now and the transfer deadline next month.

“Ultimately, I will have the final say, which is only correct,” said Bruce. “I've read nonsense that i won't have (the final say).

“But you have to have a say we've got a very experienced team. We'll work with the scouting department – it's vital. We've got some very capable people. The policy is to identify the players, make sure they fit in with what we want and fit in.”

Meanwhile, Bruce will not be in the dugout for the West Ham game as he didn’t have time to secure a working visa.