Newcastle United transfers: The deals Steve Bruce is looking to strike as the window opens for business

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Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 1:00 pm

Will Newcastle United be busy this summer, or will it be a low key one for Steve Bruce and the Magpies?

There’s likely to be ins and outs, as ever, and with budgets tight, Newcastle United will have to box clever in the market.

Here’s the deals they will look to strike between now and 11pm, August 31.

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A general view of St James' Park during its first game back with fans during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sheffield United at St. James Park on May 19, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Central defender – Ajer, Saliba, Kabak & more

Bruce is in the market for a central defender – and he wants one who can play, but also add some physicality to the United backline. Speed and comfort with the ball at feet – see United’s end of season switch in style for reasons why – are key.

Kristoffer Ajer appears to be the primary target, but William Saliba is a loan possibility, if no deal can be struck for Joe Willock. And to be honest, there’s no suggestion loan star Willock will be allowed to leave yet, anyway.

Phil Jones, Rob Dickie and Rob Holding are players who’ve piqued interest in the past.

Left-back – Willems

Jetro Willems wants to come to Newcastle, and the club are open to signing him. There are obstacles to any deal – cash and work permit – but nothing that cannot likely be overcome.

The key to this deal happening could be whether Matt Ritchie leaves. Brandon Williams was a player also considered in the January window.

Centre midfield – Willock, Barkley, Choudhury, Lemina & more

This is the area in need of strengthening the most. And needs as many outs as it does ins.

Willock is the primary target, with Ross Barkley also linked – this would also be a loan. Moves for Hamza Choudhury and Mario Lemina could also be explored.

Of all the departments, this is the one to watch this summer.

Attacker – King, Nketiah, Weghorst & more

Any move in this department depends on who moves on. Should Andy Carroll and/or Dwight Gayle exit then you’d imagine one might come in.

Josh King is a player United like A LOT and is a free agent, while the rumour mill suggests Eddie Nketiah and Wout Weghorst are of interest – you’d think they’d both prove a little too rich.

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