Steve Bruce still wants to tick two more boxes in the summer transfer window after signing Joe Willock, according to The Athletic’s Chris Waugh.
Just two days before their first game of the season against West Ham United, Newcastle completed their first signing of the summer.
Willock arrived from Arsenal for a fee in excess of £20million and signed a six-year contract with the Magpies (via BBC Sport).
Newcastle may just be getting started, with a left-sided centre-back and a defensive midfielder still on the agenda.
FC Midtjylland’s Jens Cajuste would fit the no. 6 bill, and he’s said to be ‘highly rated by Newcastle’s scouting team’.
But the Magpies could also target someone who can cover both positions, and Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara may well be that man.
Recruitment sources have maintained, though, that Newcastle are only in a position to agree one permanent deal and two loans this summer.
On paper, Kamara looks to be the answer to Newcastle’s problems. He addresses both areas Bruce wants to strengthen and is still only 21 years old, meaning his performance levels and his value should both climb.
However, it’s hard to see Marseille sanctioning a loan move when the player is into the final 12 months of his contract. If he is to leave, they’ll surely want to ensure they bank a decent fee.
Perhaps Newcastle could use sales as a means of a generating the funds for an additional permanent transfer.
In other news, Newcastle have made an offer for this Serie A star.
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