Newcastle United transfer news: Steve Bruce 'lining-up' double swoop with £12million deal in his sights
Newcastle United are targeting TWO new midfielders – according to reports.
Steve Bruce will be looking to bolster his engine room this summer, with loanee Nabil Bentaleb having departed and uncertainty shrouding the future of Matty Longstaff, whose contract at St James’s Park has now expired.
And one name reportedly under consideration by Bruce is Everton midfielder Tom Davies.
According to the Daily Mail, the Newcastle boss has asked the club’s recruitment team to launch a bid for the playmaker – with a fee of around £12million mooted.
Everton are understood to be willing to part with some first-team players this summer, but it remains unclear whether Davies is an individual the Toffees would be willing to lose given he has regularly been used under Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, Ancelotti himself is in the market for a midfielder this summer – after seeing target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg join Tottenham Hotspur.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are also thought to be close to a deal for free agent Jeff Hendrick.
The Irishman left Burnley on June 30 – not staying at Turf Moor to see out the season - and is a player who has been on the Magpies’ radar for a number of months.
And now talkSPORT claim that a deal is set to be completed by the end of this weekend.
With only minor details to be finalised, it is reported that Newcastle could announce Hendrick as their second summer signing – after Mark Gillespie – next week.