Steve Bruce reacts to Mike Ashley's surprise appearance at St James's Park

Steve Bruce is ready to talk transfers with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley – after his team booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Asked when he would speak to Ashley, a coy Bruce said: “Hopefully sometime. Nothing planned just yet. I’m sure you’ll find out when and where it is. He’s here for a day or two, so year, we’ll meet up.”

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Fans chanted “Brucey, give us a wave” during the game. Bruce said: “Results will always help us. We’ve still got a lot to do. We’ve had a tough three or four weeks with the injuries and results. We’ll hopefully have a few back. When we have a few back, we’ll be OK.”

Mike Ashley speaks to Lee Charnley at St James's Park.