Newcastle United eye January double deal – report

Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing a January double deal as Steve Bruce considers making a move for Everton duo Mason Holgate and Lewis Gibson.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 11:50 am
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Steve Bruce, manager of Newcastle looks on before the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on December 05, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

According to the Northern Echo, United are monitoring the situation of the defensive pair, despite Bruce playing down the chances of the Magpies doing a January deal.

The report states Bruce “has held a number of discussions with the rest of his recruitment team and is keen to bring in two or three players if possible”.

Holgate is rated in the £14million bracket by Everton, although there is understood to be a reluctance to let the 23-year-old leave, given the Toffees’ lack of central defensive cover.

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Bruce is thought to be a fan of Holgate’s versatility, with the player able to play on the right, centre or defensive midfield.

Meanwhile, Gibson is a player who remains on United’s radar with the former full-back's Goodison Park deal set to run out in the summer.