Newcastle United’s new potential owners will reportedly hand Steve Bruce a £200million warchest this summer when the takeover is finally completed – and Bruce has got to make an already-linked Aston Villa player his first signing.
The Mirror claim Bruce will be handed the enormous amount to spend this summer in terms of transfers, on the training ground and to improve the academy system. The Toon need additions in numerous positions.
A left-back needs to be signed, with Danny Rose and Jetro Willems only on loan. A new right-back should also be targeted with Emil Krafth failing to have much of an impact and DeAndre Yedlin enduring a difficult season.
Replacing Joelinton is also important, but adding a bit of quality in the middle of the park is just as important. Newcastle do have the Longstaff brothers, Isaac Hayden, Nabil Bentaleb and Jonjo Shelvey – but they lack a bit of cutting edge.
The Daily Star claimed earlier this month that Newcastle are planning a £30million move to sign Aston Villa star John McGinn, if the Midlands club get relegated this season. McGinn, 25, was signed by Bruce at Villa from Hibernian.
McGinn has been a rare shining light – alongside captain Jack Grealish – in a poor Aston Villa side this season. Up until his long-term ankle injury in December, McGinn had played every single Premier League minute for Villa.
Indeed, the Scotland international scored three goals – including efforts against Arsenal and Tottenham. He is a player that Bruce told the Telegraph: “He has to be one of my best ever signings,” and certainly, he is showing it.
Newcastle have got to bring him to St. James’ Park, not only for the aforementioned reasons – but because he would be loved by Toon fans. His gritty, hard-working style of play would see him become a favourite.
Not only that, but for a cheap-ish price, Newcastle would be adding that missing cutting edge to their midfield. Bruce has got to form a reunion with the £30million-rated star.