Steve Bruce rules out permanent deals at Newcastle United ahead of transfer deadline

Steve Bruce has ruled out bringing any more players on permanent deals before the transfer deadline.

Friday, 2nd October 2020, 10:23 am
Steve Bruce and Steve Agnew, left.
Steve Bruce and Steve Agnew, left.

The transfer window closes on Monday, and Newcastle United are only looking at the loan market, according to Bruce.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s home game against Burnley, United’s head coach said: “I don’t expect to be that busy.

"If something comes available then we’ll act, but we went to work and made sure our work was done before the season started.

"We brought the four or five players in without the need for a hectic scramble. If a good player becomes available on loan, we’ll look at it. But as things stand, I don’t expect to be busy. We still need people to leave.”

Asked if the club would not be making a permanent signing before the deadline, Bruce said: “Yeah, I’m ruling that out. That won’t be happening.

“We made a conscious effort to do it early. We’ve had even games in 21 days. We’ve rotated the squad. We got them in before the season started, and, for me, that’s the best way.

"There’ll be a scramble as the deadline approaches, but I don’t expect to be busy at all."

Newcastle have signed Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser so far in the window, and Bruce said: “We made a conscious effort to get them in before the season started. I’m very pleased with what we’ve done.”

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