Steve Bruce reveals he is set for meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to discuss transfers

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Steve Bruce revealed he will hold transfer talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week
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Better late than never: Steve Bruce reveals he is set for meeting with ‘very supportive’ Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to discuss transfer targets

  • Steve Bruce revealed he will meet with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week 
  • The two haven’t met since August but will discuss potential transfer targets 
  • Newcastle are ravaged by injuries after a run of one point from possible 12 

Steve Bruce has revealed that Mike Ashley will land on Tyneside this week ahead of a January transfer summit.

The Newcastle owner has not seen the head coach since August, when he visited the training ground to meet £40million club-record signing Joelinton.

Ashley and Bruce will discuss potential incomings and, after a run of one point from a possible 12, the owner will be concerned about the club’s Premier League status.

Steve Bruce revealed he will hold transfer talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week

Ashley has not seen the head coach since August but will discuss potential incomings

Ashley has not seen the head coach since August but will discuss potential incomings

To that end, Bruce could well persuade Ashley to invest in his injury-ravaged squad, although the head coach insists he will not buy for the sake of it.

‘I am meeting up with the owner in the next couple of days, that’s planned,’ he said.

‘As I’ve said all along, if there’s something that can really make us better and they’re available, then we’ll try to act, and I’ll ask the owner, who was very supportive in the summer.

‘So let’s see what we can get. We won’t just bring players in for the sake of it. They’ve got to improve us and if that can happen, then I’ll have that conversation with the owner over the next couple of days.’

Joelinton has failed to score in his last 20 games as Newcastle search for another striker

Joelinton has failed to score in his last 20 games as Newcastle search for another striker

Newcastle have failed in a loan move for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and a goalscorer remains their top priority, especially as Joelinton has now gone 20 games without hitting the net.

The Brazilian is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Rochdale and, with the reward a home tie versus Oxford United, Bruce will be playing the strongest XI available to him.

‘The FA Cup doesn’t do any harm to have a run in, let’s try and tackle it head on,’ said the Magpies boss.

Bruce admitted he would field a strong team in Newcastle's FA Cup replay with Rochdale

Bruce admitted he would field a strong team in Newcastle’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale

‘We have an opportunity, two division one teams in the next rounds. It’s a great opportunity, but that’s all it is. We have to perform and get through.

‘Rochdale were delighted with a replay for obvious reasons – a smaller club to get a crack at a Premier League team and I know all about it after playing in the lower divisions for seven years.

‘It’s what it’s all about, they’ll come up this afternoon (Monday), enjoy themselves and want to do well at St James’ Park. It’s their big game to be honest and we have to be ready for the challenge.’

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Better late than never: Steve Bruce reveals he is set for meeting with ‘very supportive’ Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to discuss transfer targets

  • Steve Bruce revealed he will meet with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week 
  • The two haven’t met since August but will discuss potential transfer targets 
  • Newcastle are ravaged by injuries after a run of one point from possible 12 

Steve Bruce has revealed that Mike Ashley will land on Tyneside this week ahead of a January transfer summit.

The Newcastle owner has not seen the head coach since August, when he visited the training ground to meet £40million club-record signing Joelinton.

Ashley and Bruce will discuss potential incomings and, after a run of one point from a possible 12, the owner will be concerned about the club’s Premier League status.

Steve Bruce revealed he will hold transfer talks with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley this week

Ashley has not seen the head coach since August but will discuss potential incomings

Ashley has not seen the head coach since August but will discuss potential incomings

To that end, Bruce could well persuade Ashley to invest in his injury-ravaged squad, although the head coach insists he will not buy for the sake of it.

‘I am meeting up with the owner in the next couple of days, that’s planned,’ he said.

‘As I’ve said all along, if there’s something that can really make us better and they’re available, then we’ll try to act, and I’ll ask the owner, who was very supportive in the summer.

‘So let’s see what we can get. We won’t just bring players in for the sake of it. They’ve got to improve us and if that can happen, then I’ll have that conversation with the owner over the next couple of days.’

Joelinton has failed to score in his last 20 games as Newcastle search for another striker

Joelinton has failed to score in his last 20 games as Newcastle search for another striker

Newcastle have failed in a loan move for Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and a goalscorer remains their top priority, especially as Joelinton has now gone 20 games without hitting the net.

The Brazilian is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Rochdale and, with the reward a home tie versus Oxford United, Bruce will be playing the strongest XI available to him.

‘The FA Cup doesn’t do any harm to have a run in, let’s try and tackle it head on,’ said the Magpies boss.

Bruce admitted he would field a strong team in Newcastle's FA Cup replay with Rochdale

Bruce admitted he would field a strong team in Newcastle’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale

‘We have an opportunity, two division one teams in the next rounds. It’s a great opportunity, but that’s all it is. We have to perform and get through.

‘Rochdale were delighted with a replay for obvious reasons – a smaller club to get a crack at a Premier League team and I know all about it after playing in the lower divisions for seven years.

‘It’s what it’s all about, they’ll come up this afternoon (Monday), enjoy themselves and want to do well at St James’ Park. It’s their big game to be honest and we have to be ready for the challenge.’

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