The Sun are reporting today that Steve Bruce wants to bring Burnley’s 19-year-old £30M rated winger Dwight McNeil to Newcastle.
McNeil started his career at Manchester United as a youngster but joined Burnley in 2014 and came through the Youth Academy at the Turf Moor club.
He broke through into the first team last season when he played 27 games with 3 goals and 5 assists.
The youngster has speed and is currently contracted to Burnley until 2023 with an option of an extra year.
£30M seems a lot to pay for the young lad, but if Bruce can get a good deal for the Tyneside club he may become a good long-term deal.
Mike Ashley likes to get good young players i, but doesn’t like to spend 30M on them.
Ben Davies – Preston 23-year-old center-back – Bruce rates this player
Bruce is also keen on Preston center-half Ben Davies who turns 24 next month and the manager rates the center-back who had ane excellent season for the Deepdale club last season.
Davies joined Preston back in 2013 and has had loan spells from 2013 at York City (44), Tranmere Rovers (3), Southport (9), Newport County (19), and Fleetwood Town (22).
He broke into the Preston first team the season before last and has now played 88 times for the Lancashire club with a couple of goals and one assist.
Ben started off as a left-back but has been starring since being moved to center-back and as a left-footed center-back could be in some demand.
Steve Bruce really rates this player but we don’t know what the fee would be.
But it seems the last thing we need at Newcastle is another center-back – we already have Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune (injured April 3rd – could be fit in a month or two), Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark.
But of course the club will be after young talent and Bruce could always move Ciaran Clark out of the club.
But it looks as though the new Newcastle manager wants to sign four or five new players before he lets anybody leave the club before 8th August – the end of the transfer window.
We haven’t signed one player so far this summer.
Hopefully, we will get at least a couple through the door next week with 22-year-old Brazilian striker Joelinton (full name – Joelinton Cassio Apolinário de Lira) from Hoffenheim looking to be the first signing – maybe tomorrow?
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