Bruce provides Newcastle United transfer update as "busy" boss makes loan bid

Steve Bruce has demanded “a busy day” for Newcastle in the transfer market – and joked a deal for PSG's Neymar “didn't happen”.

Newcastle are looking at two loan signings, and will be moving players out to free up room in their official squad.

“It could be a busy day for us. We will see,” Bruce added. Before joking: “Neymar was the one we were looking at but it didn't happen.”

Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury is one of Bruce's top targets and he said today: “Everyone you speak to, they say let's see towards the end of the window. See where you are with injuries. That is the juggling act. He is not the only one we have looked at.”

Newcastle have held talks with Arsenal to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles who is keen to join, but also wanted by Southampton.

Gunners' midfielder Joe Willock has also been discussed.

On the way out, DeAndre Yedlin is in Turkey for a medical and will join Galatasaray today. Bruce said: “Why? Quite simply we have had three right backs at the club and he is suited to being a wing back.

“We have tried to change to a back four so three right backs… He will be playing for a great club and his a great pro and lad. We have to let someone out to let someone in.”

Matt Ritchie has been talking about a switch to Bournemouth, after five years of excellent service on Tyneside. But Bruce said: “That is up in the air. Matt has been a very good servant to the club.

“He is frustrated not being a regular in the team. If it doesn't happen he has to work towards the end of the season.”

Other Toon stars who have uncertain futures include Sean Longstaff who has been bombed out of Bruce's first team match day squad. Longstaff has 18 months left on his contract and is after a pay hike, but has vowed to fight for his place.

United are desperate to get rid of dead Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu and Henri Saivet who have no future and could end up playing up contracts in the coming days.

Bruce added: “Things change in 24 hours in the loan market. We will see where we are . We want to do one or two things. It has been a difficult marker because of the financial constraints we are all under.”

Asked about Newcastle's morale boosting win at Everton, Bruce said: “We have to go again. We trained Sunday. It gave everyone a lift and confidence seemed to return. The performance pleased us. More of the same please!”

Ryan Fraser is a doubt for Tuesday's clash with Crystal Palace with sickness and Jamal Lascelles is out with a muscle injury.

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