Steve Bruce has insisted that he will have the final say on all the transfers that Newcastle United complete this summer.
The former Sunderland boss was confirmed as manager on Wednesday, with the North-East club the only Premier League side not to make a signing so far.
Speaking ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy clash with West Ham on Saturday, the 58-year-old revealed he will work closely with the chief scout to identify talent, of which he will have control of.
Bruce commented on the transfer policy as quoted on the Chronicle live blog (19/07, 07:41) “It’s like most football clubs. I will have the final say on transfers. I have read all kinds of nonsense that I won’t. I will work hard to make sure I work with the chief scout. The policy is like most other clubs. Identifying the players and making sure we fit in. I will have control of who we bring in.”
The new Magpies’ boss went on to add: “I don’t really want to go into specifics. There are have been a couple of things written, some of the comments. The big one is am I going to sit here and be a puppet? That won’t happen. I am in charge of transfers.”
Bruce has already been reported by the Northern Echo to have sanctioned a move for Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.
Finally, the bit of clarity that all Newcastle fans will be hoping for. The early signs in regards to transfers are very positive, with the suggestion that Bruce has sanctioned a deal for Joelinton, added to the fact that Mike Ashley is willing to part ways with just over £47million, a deal that would more than double their current transfer record of just £21million. It is vital that the 58-year-old gets straight down to business with the scouting staff at St James’ Park, with the club in desperate need of reinforcements. Players such as Achraf Lazaar and Jack Colback have been given pre-season opportunities, with those type of players desperately needing to be replaced. Bruce was very certain and stern with his verdict and was quick to rubbish the suggestion that he wouldn’t be in charge of transfers, which surely highlights that the former Sheffield Wednesday man most likely asked for clarity regarding the transfer policy before taking the job. Ashley must have given his word, especially after it was revealed that Bruce told the club to push through a deal for Joelinton before he was even appointed permanently.