There is money to spend and a list of targets already being drafted – but there is NO room in Newcastle United’s 25-man Premier League squad.
So it is likely Bruce will shift on players in order to add, as well as try to move the likes of Henri Saivet, Jamie Sterry and Jack Colback out of the club in the winter window.
Here’s a list of 13 players who could be shown the exit door – including some who the manager would be loathe to see depart.
1. Matty Longstaff
He's played just one game this season - the Carabao Cup v Leicester City - although has been gaining valuable experience around the first-team pool. January could come at the right time to send the promising midfielder out on loan.
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2. Sean Longstaff
Valued at £50million by United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is rumoured to be still keen to sign him. Would be a huge loss to the club. Unlikely to happen, but it is one the Magpies must watch out for.
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3. Jamie Sterry
Outside the 25 and out of contract at the end of the season. His United days are over in a first-team sense.
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4. Dwight Gayle
The striker is still some way off a first-team return. He's yet to even take part in a training session. But West Brom remain keen.
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