'One or two over the line': Newcastle boss discusses interest in PL player; eyes signings

Sam Brookes January 29, 2021
'One or two over the line': Newcastle boss discusses interest in PL player; eyes signings
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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has confirmed the club are interested in Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury as he looks to get “one or two signings over the line”, as reported by Chronicle Live.

Choudhury has been limited to just three Premier League appearances this season at the King Power Stadium.

Choudhury – time running out

Earlier this week, The Athletic reported Newcastle were eyeing a move for Choudhury to bolster their midfield. However, time is running out to land the 23-year-old with the transfer window closing at 11pm on Monday.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Everton, Bruce said: “I’m never going to speak about anybody else’s players. I think that would be wrong. But (Choudhury) is somebody we do like, yes.”

Stumbling blocks

A couple of stumbling blocks surround the deal, however.

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was substituted during the midweek draw with Everton with a tight hamstring.

The severity of the injury could determine whether the Foxes are happy to allow Choudhury to leave before Monday. That may come down to whether Leicester decide to bring in a midfielder themselves.

Bruce said he has found this January transfer window a difficult one to navigate given the financial issues many clubs are facing during the pandemic.

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And he called for fans to be patient as the Magpies look to add to their squad in the coming days.

‘One or two over the line’

Bruce said: “We’ve had to be patient but we’re still hopeful things will happen.

“I’ve got one or two calls to make to certain managers in the next 24 hours but I always knew it was going to be a difficult window, certainly when you’re in the loan market.

“We’re not alone. A lot of teams are financially struggling, especially in the Championship, for example.

“It has been very difficult in that respect but we’re still hopeful we can get one or two over the line.”

Newcastle fans need a boost

Some signings would at least bring some positivity to a club in desperate need of a boost.

Newcastle have failed to win their past 11 games in all competitions. Any good news would be warmly welcomed by the long-suffering Toon fans.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.