Steve Bruce ‘definitely wants to strengthen the heart of his defence’ in the summer transfer window, according to Chris Waugh.
With Premier League survival secured, Newcastle have been able to start planning for next season.
Mike Ashley’s ‘desperation’ to leave the club means he’s likely to offer only a limited transfer budget, so the Magpies may have to be shrewd in their recruitment.
Waugh was reacting to a report by his colleague at The Athletic, Peter Rutzler, who revealed that Newcastle are interested in Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo.
The 23-year-old Englishman has made 31 league appearances for the relegated Cottagers this season and is valued at £9million by Transfermarkt.
A centre-back is near the top of Bruce’s transfer window list, with Celtic’s £3.6million-rated Kristoffer Ajer also ‘looked at’.
It’s not difficult to understand the manager’s concerns. Newcastle’s defensive record is little alarming, two centre-backs are out of contract and four of his senior options have turned or are about to turn 30, while Ajer and Adarabioyo are good talents with their best years ahead of them.
Budget limitations might make Ajer, who has only one year left on his contract, the more sensible target.
Adarabioyo’s deal runs until 2023 and even then Fulham have the option to extend it for a further year (via Transfermarkt).
In other news, Mike Ashley has identified a possible alternative to Bruce.
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