And if he does finalise that switch, it is understood that he will look to spend some of the £50 million war chest he will be given on bringing in a new danger man.
Nothing too shocking here, in truth. The Magpies desperately need a new striker, especially after Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez left. That leaves the Magpies with just Dwight Gayle, Joselu, and Yoshinori Muto as senior striking options, and even then the Spaniard could be on his way out of St. James’ Park. Losing two players as important as Rondon and Perez is always going to be a blow. Not only did they hit 23 Premier League goals between them last season, but they also accounted for 2.2 key passes and 4.3 shots per game in the Premier League [Whoscored]. In short, pretty much everything good about the Magpies’ attacking game went through them, and losing one would have been bad enough, let alone both. Bruce is therefore right to prioritise a striker, but signing one will be much easier said than done.