Magpies working on a budget in transfer market

24 July 2021 20:59:49 GMTPlus10

Steve Bruce has warned Newcastle fans not to expect a lot of transfer activity this summer given the limited funds available to him.

The Magpies are 12/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League in 2021-22 and 11/10 to be relegated as Bruce and the club's owners attempt to bolster their squad on a budget.

Newcastle finished 12th last season after a strong end to the campaign. They won five of their nine games in April and May, also drawing with Tottenham and Liverpool and losing 4-3 in a thriller to newly-crowned champions Manchester City.

The north-east outfit continued their preparations for this season with a 3-2 friendly win over League One Doncaster on Saturday, when forwards Ryan Fraser, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson impressed.

It's very difficult, but with not a lot of money around, supporters know it's going to be very difficult.

Steve Bruce

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Bruce is also set to welcome back Emil Krafth, Fabian Schar, Joelinton and Javier Manquillo to pre-season training on Monday although Japanese forward Yoshinori Muto is likely to be sent out on loan again.

Newcastle are keen to bring Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock back to the club after his excellent loan spell in 2020-21 but Bruce admits that they are unlikely to make any big-money permanent signings.

Speaking after the friendly against Doncaster, Bruce told reporters: "I'll get on with my job the best I can. I think everybody knows how difficult it's going to be. We haven't got a lot of money.

"As managers, you always want players and money to go and improve the team, that's our job. But I don't think I'm alone, I've never known it so quiet.

"We have to be patient. It's very difficult, but with not a lot of money around, supporters know it's going to be very difficult."

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