Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce suggested that he is unaware that the Magpies will make a move for Everton forward Theo Walcott before the transfer window closes.
The Magpies were named as one of five Premier League clubs who are reportedly interested in making a move for Walcott before Monday’s deadline, with the Englishman facing a decision over whether he wants to fight for his first team place at Goodison Park or make a move to get regular game-time.
Walcott has found himself down the pecking order so far this season at Everton, who have had a productive transfer window by bringing in the likes of James Rodriguez; and the 31-year-old made just 17 starts in the league last term, scoring two goals and registering three assists, as per Sofascore.
Newcastle have already brought in attacking reinforcements in the transfer window with both Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson arriving from Bournemouth, and the Magpies have been clinical with taking their chances so far this term, which was again demonstrated in their 3-1 win against Burnley on Saturday.
However, speaking to Chronicle Live after last night’s victory, Bruce revealed that Newcastle are unlikely to be one of the clubs looking to secure a move for Walcott before the window closes, suggesting that he was unaware as to where reports of their interest in the forward had originated. He told reporters: “I don’t know where you’ve got that from.”
The Magpies still have until Monday to conduct further transfer business, but Bruce also suggested that Newcastle are unlikely to do much more business before the deadline passes.
He said: “I don’t think I’ll be jumping into the market (for anyone) unless something mouthwatering comes along which really makes us want to.”
Newcastle have enjoyed a productive transfer window so far, with ample Premier League experience added already in the shape of Fraser and Wilson, while they have also secured the signing of the promising defender Jamal Lewis. Walcott is a player who would add further experience to the squad, having played 347 times in the English top flight, but he has had many injury issues throughout his career and could therefore be a risky addition.
The Englishman could be a good addition for many Premier League clubs ahead of the deadline, but Newcastle already have decent options available to them in the wide attacking positions. Therefore, Walcott would potentially find it a challenge to get into their side, which would be the main reason for him to leave Everton, so it may not be in his best interests to swap Merseyside for Tyneside.
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