Newcastle United have made their mind up on their THREE loan players – but Steve Bruce thinks deal talks could drag out

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has revealed he’s made his decision on whether to keep or bin the Magpies’ three January loan signings.

Nabil Bentaleb of Newcastle United and Philip Billing of Bournemouth battle for possession  during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on July 01, 2020 in Bournemouth, England.
Nabil Bentaleb of Newcastle United and Philip Billing of Bournemouth battle for possession during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on July 01, 2020 in Bournemouth, England.

But the manager does not expect the deals – if any – will be concluded before the start of the summer transfer window on Monday, July 27.

After the loss of the likes of Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett to injury, the Magpies moved to tie down Valentino Lazaro, Danny Rose and Nabil Bentaleb to temporary deals from Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and Schalke 04.

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While Lazaro’s near £20 million deal is unlikely to be made permanent, it is understood Rose, who has no future at Spurs, may be on that is pursued. Bentaleb remains up in the air, with the asking price low, but wages astronomically high.

"We have to have negotiations with their clubs to see where they are at, what they want, the rest of it,” said Bruce, who is likely to give the trio more game time in the final two Premier League games of the season, starting v Brighton tomorrow night.

“We must realise that these three loan players belong to other people.

“I don't think we will have everything sorted by next week. We will see what the demands are moving forward.

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“I have an idea in my own mind – it doesn't always turn out how you want.

“There are some big meetings over the next week and into the summer.

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“Our job never stops.”

Having not been in favour under Jose Mourinho, Rose could leave for as little as £5 million.

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