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22 minutes ago, Big Geordie said:

I wouldn't take Barkley. He's a player on way down.

 

If he's available - get Joe Willock in, FFS.

He’s fucking streets ahead of anyone we’ve got in midfield to be fair. Mind a cripple would move around more than Shelvey…

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1 minute ago, HTT II said:

He’s fucking streets ahead of anyone we’ve got in midfield to be fair. Mind a cripple would move around more than Shelvey…

If he has lost his mojo, he will be pish.

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18 minutes ago, BeloEmre said:

Can someone post the last Luke Edwards article?

 

Exclusive: With Manchester United chasing Raphael Varane, Tuanzebe looks set to leave Old Trafford and Newcastle have shown an interest

 

By

Luke Edwards

26 July 2021 • 3:52pm

Axel Tuanzebe in action against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend

Newcastle United are hoping to sign Manchester United centre back Axel Tuanzebe as Steve Bruce pushes the club’s hierarchy to finally make a breakthrough in the transfer market after more delays in their attempt to re-sign Joe Willock from Arsenal.

 

With Manchester United close to finalising a deal to sign France international centre back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, Tuanzebe could even become Newcastle’s first signing of the summer.

 

Both a loan and permanent transfer have been discussed between the two clubs although, given Newcastle’s limited transfer budget, the former would seem more likely at this stage.

 

Tuanzebe made 18 appearances for Manchester United last season but has been unable to establish himself as anything more than a squad player and, at the age of 23, the time seems right for a move.

 

Although he has not made the progress he would have liked at Old Trafford, he would appear to be a good signing for Newcastle as he has all the attributes needed to be a top quality Premier League defender.

 

Tuanzebe, who played for England at age group level, has played for Bruce before during two loan spells at Aston Villa in the Championship. Newcastle have room in the squad for another centre back after Florian Lejuene joined Alves last week.

 

The Magpies are hopeful of signing Willock and remain in the race for Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher despite rival interest from Crystal Palace and Leeds United.

 

As revealed by Telegraph Sport last week, the Magpies are still waiting for an answer on their bid for Willock. Interestingly, a permanent move, rather than just a loan, is thought to be back on the table as the Gunners look to raise funds for their own recruitment needs.

 

Newcastle's pursuit of Joe Willock (right) is ongoing

Newcastle's pursuit of Joe Willock is ongoing 

Willock has continued to operate on the fringes of the Arsenal side in pre-season but has not agitated for a move at this stage. 

 

Newcastle have not put a deadline on talks, but there will come a point when they need a definitive answer from both Gunners manager Mikel Arteta and the player.

 

As things stand, Bruce is willing to give Willock more time to make that decision but he does want new signings made before the start of the season.

 

Bruce has asked for three or four new faces before the opening game against West Ham, but is also mindful of the fact that the market remains sluggish which is likely to mean a flurry of deals happen in the final days of the window next month.

 

Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is recovering at home after he was admitted to hospital with a Covid-19 infection last week.

 

The 30-year-old suffered severe dehydration and will not be able to return to training until medical staff are happy there are no long term side effects.

 

It leaves the Magpies with a big problem as first choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could be out for several weeks with an ankle injury.

 

That is likely to mean Freddie Woodman, who was due to join Bournemouth on loan last week, starts the season in goal for the Magpies. 

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Be interesting to see how Woodman does, some have suggested he’s either as good as or a better prospect than Dubravka.

 

But back to the CB signing.. I’d love to get in a room and tear strips off every single person at the club involved in bringing in or sending out the playing staff. Like we had Lejeune, seemed to do well last season, fit again. A known quantity.. but yeah, let’s flog him off for nothing and then scramble around looking for rejects from other clubs.

 

Like what does be going on in their heads? Do they know anything about the sport they are involved in?

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1 hour ago, Dr Jinx said:

Be interesting to see how Woodman does, some have suggested he’s either as good as or a better prospect than Dubravka.

 

But back to the CB signing.. I’d love to get in a room and tear strips off every single person at the club involved in bringing in or sending out the playing staff. Like we had Lejeune, seemed to do well last season, fit again. A known quantity.. but yeah, let’s flog him off for nothing and then scramble around looking for rejects from other clubs.

 

Like what does be going on in their heads? Do they know anything about the sport they are involved in?

 

You're making the assumption that it was a solely club decision. Just as likely that Lejeune wanted to remain in Spain to be honest. Would be interesting to know one way or the other but the club is rather hypocritically not transparent

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24 minutes ago, Hhtoon said:

 

You're making the assumption that it was a solely club decision. Just as likely that Lejeune wanted to remain in Spain to be honest. Would be interesting to know one way or the other but the club is rather hypocritically not transparent

He's under contract here, if the club wanted to keep him they could have put a bit more effort in than none at all. 

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26 minutes ago, Nobody said:

He's under contract here, if the club wanted to keep him they could have put a bit more effort in than none at all. 

 

We have no idea what effort the club did or didn't make. It's all been pretty quiet...

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I know Bruce is shite in every way, but I think there might be a benefit to other clubs in loaning us their 21=23 year olds. Their fooball coaching is pretty much complete at that age and just need the opportunity to chisel out their identity, a coach who doesn't give a fuck, like Bruce, could be just what they need.

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2 hours ago, Happinesstan said:

I know Bruce is shite in every way, but I think there might be a benefit to other clubs in loaning us their 21=23 year olds. Their fooball coaching is pretty much complete at that age and just need the opportunity to chisel out their identity, a coach who doesn't give a fuck, like Bruce, could be just what they need.

 Did any of the the straws stick within your grasp?

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1 hour ago, Happinesstan said:

Is Willock attracting interest from other clubs who have seen him play regularly in the PL?

Your second post is a non-sequitur. Your point was that Bruce’s lack of aptitude / not caring is somehow beneficial to young players, which in my view is clutching at straws. Bruce is the worst manager in the division, and probably one of the worst in the top 2 divisions, so I don’t really back the view that this may be beneficial to a young player. If I was a young player, if I had other coaching options I’d not be opting for Steve Bruce on the basis that I could do whatever I wanted. 
 

That discussion point has nothing to do with other clubs’ interest in Willock or otherwise - it may be that Willock likes playing for Bruce, but I’d wager he just enjoyed playing games, which didn’t appear to be much of an option for him at Arsenal. 
 

Either way, Bruce is shit.

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8 minutes ago, Theregulars said:

Your second post is a non-sequitur. Your point was that Bruce’s lack of aptitude / not caring is somehow beneficial to young players, which in my view is clutching at straws. Bruce is the worst manager in the division, and probably one of the worst in the top 2 divisions, so I don’t really back the view that this may be beneficial to a young player. If I was a young player, if I had other coaching options I’d not be opting for Steve Bruce on the basis that I could do whatever I wanted. 
 

That discussion point has nothing to do with other clubs’ interest in Willock or otherwise - it may be that Willock likes playing for Bruce, but I’d wager he just enjoyed playing games, which didn’t appear to be much of an option for him at Arsenal. 
 

Either way, Bruce is shit.

 

Wilock was a special case, self driven and skillful, he was able to manage himself in a way, that wouldn't work with most players who need guidance/tactical instructions. If Bruce did have to get involved he would undoubtedly undo a decent amount of coaching.

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4 minutes ago, jonbobson said:

Do people actually believe Bruce has any say on transfers? 😁😁😁😁

 

Not after he picked Cheesy and Hendo.

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