Brazilian forward Joelinton arrived from German club Hoffenheim for a club record fee on Tuesday, but it’s thought that the north east giants aren’t done yet.
Bruce is said to want to bring in another midfielder with Manchester United still sniffing round Sean Longstaff, but is unlikely to do so if Isaac Hayden stays at the club.
To get Joelinton, Saint-Maximin and Tavernier all into the club would seem like a long shot. It’s difficult to have faith in Newcastle in the transfer market, despite them breaking their record transfer fee twice in the past seven months. If they do get all three in, though, then this will have been a very positive transfer window indeed. A new attacker was rightfully the first priority for those at St James’ Park, because the losses of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez had left them extremely threadbare in attack. However, out wide and right back are two areas of the pitch that also need strengthening. At the latter; neither DeAndre Yedlin nor Javier Manquillo truly impressed last season. Miguel Almiron is on the wings, but beyond him you have a decent, but unspectacular, coterie of widemen: Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy. So they need additions in both those areas, and if they can pull off both of these deals then they’ll be very happy.