Newcastle close in on £19m Inter star after positive Ashley talks

Date published: Friday 17th January 2020 11:27

Steve Bruce is convinced he has Mike Ashley’s backing as he attempts to improve his squad this month, after holding talks with the owner.

The Magpies have been linked with a series of potential targets, the latest Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claims a deal for Lazaro to go to Newcastle United is now well progressed and the player will shortly ‘say goodbye’ to Inter Milan.

Lazaro can play on the left or right of midfield and has found it difficult to get into the Inter team this season following his £19million move in the summer.

Their need for reinforcements in attack in particular is seemingly growing by the week with Dwight Gayle facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Andy Carroll battling a hip problem.

They will tackle Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening with their only fully-fit specialist frontman £40million summer signing Joelinton, who ended his 20-game goal drought against Rochdale in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, and with Bruce actively pursuing targets.

 

 

Asked about his discussions with Ashley on Tyneside this week, he said: “He’s been fully supportive of the idea of trying to improve the squad.

“That’s been my remit since I walked through the door, how can I take the club forward? It’s my way – and he agrees with it – that we buy quality, not quantity, and that’s got to be the mantra if we are going to improve.

“We’ve got a very, very decent squad now – if we’re going to improve, then we’ve got to bring in that bit of quality that makes us better. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Steve Bruce was specifically asked by the media about Lazaro and told said: “We’ve been linked with 58 players and he’s the latest. I don’t want to comment on that one just yet.”

 

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