The THREE key areas Steve Bruce is looking to strengthen at Newcastle United

It’s been slow going for Newcastle United in the summer transfer market so far – however, June isn’t always seen as a month to ‘get things done’.

Sunday, 27th June 2021, 12:00 pm
Joe Willock of Newcastle United celebrates with team mate Matt Ritchie after scoring their sides third goal, missing from the penalty spot but scoring the rebound during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on May 14, 2021 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

A lack of deals does not mean things have not been bubbling away in the background though, and United are keen to strengthen in three key areas this summer.

Here’s a look at each department – and an assessment of which type of players the Magpies are targeting.

Centre-half – the key transfer battleground

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To many, it may not seem the position United should really be looking to add, with centre-half being seen as a position of relative strength.

Steve Bruce does want to bring in at least one more central defender though, and ones who fit more with the style of play Graeme Jones has implemented towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Strong, quick and excellent with ball at feet are all attributes being looked at as the Magpies look to bring down the average age of the defensive line.

Should Federico Fernandez leave, he has been offered a new deal, then the need to add one becomes two.

Kristoffer Ajer is top of the list of wanted players but United could well be beaten to the punch by Norwich, awash with Emi Buendia cash.

Cameron Carter-Vickers is another who is liked while Phil Jones is an experienced option being explored. Rob Dickie and William Saliba remain of interest.

Left-back – one in, one out

Matt Ritchie going could see United add a left-back.

Jetro Willems is a player who has been interesting United since January, so too Brandon Williams, although he is naturally a right-back.

Ritchie is contracted however, and should Bournemouth again fail to meet United’s valuation, it could well end up the former Scotland international remains on Tyneside.

Central midfield – Willock holds the key

If Arsenal allow Joe Willock to leave United will be at the front of the queue when it comes to conversations. They may not, however, pay the cash required if the Gunners demand north of £20m as per reports.

Another loan deal could be a positive option for all parties.

United’s want to add in this area does not end there. Hamza Choudhury is a player who remains on Bruce’s radar.

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