Steve Bruce blocks move for defender

Steve Bruce says Ciaran Clark will NOT be allowed to leave Newcastle United.

By Miles Starforth
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019, 12:00
Ciaran Clark.

Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for the 29-year-old defender, who has two years left on his contract.

But head coach Bruce said: “That's not going to happen at the moment. We're playing with three centre-backs, and, with (Florian) Lejeune out, if I let him out, we'd only have four. So that's not going to happen. I've explained the situation to Ciaran, who understands totally, so no, that won't happen."

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Clark came off the bench in last night’s 3-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road. New signing Joelinton was among the scorers.

“We started a bit sloppily, but for the first hour I thought some of the stuff we played was excellent and we were a threat,” said Bruce. “I was very, very pleased with their intensity, and the way they played.”