All the latest Newcastle United transfer news, rumours and gossip now that the £300m takeover of the north east club has officially been completed, with a Saudi-led consortium ending Mike Ashley’s 14-year ownership of the Magpies.
The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement, saying it had received “legally binding assurances” that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United.
The investment group is led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and also comprises of PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media.
But according to The Times on October 13, Amanda Staveley, the Newcastle United director, is waiting for the green light from the club’s new Saudi owners before sacking Bruce.
In the meantime, all eyes are now turning to just who the Magpies could sign when the January transfer window reopens for business at the start of next year:
‘Bruce to be sacked within days’
Bruce is expected to be sacked as Newcastle manager ahead of the club’s first match under its new ownership next weekend, but he is due to take training on Monday (Telegraph and Mirror, October 11).
Newcastle will sack manager Bruce “within days” with the club’s new owners keen for his presence not to spoil their first game in charge (Daily Mail, October 10).
The 60-year-old is reportedly set to be removed with Bruce owed an £8m pay-off fee once his current deal is terminated by the club.
Newcastle’s Saudi-led consortium are said to be discussing the managerial post with Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre while Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard are the latest names being considered for the role.
Will Bruce stay as Newcastle boss?
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has told Sky Sports News he is fully aware the new owners could seek a new head coach.
“I’m happy for the club that this has gone through. It’s a great night for the fans, I’m delighted for them,” Bruce told Sky Sports News.
“I want to continue [as manager] but I have to be realistic. I’m not stupid and aware what could happen with new owners.
“I don’t have any plans to speak to Amanda that I’m aware of.”
Bruce is due to take charge of his 1,000th match against Spurs a week on Sunday on Sky Sports.
He added: “If I don’t make 1,000 games against Spurs – you might say that can only happen to me. It’s not cruel, it’s just football.”
The Daily Telegraph reported on October 9 Bruce is set to receive an £8m pay off from Newcastle if, as widely expected, his tenure as manager is brought to an end by the club’s new owners.
‘Very unlikely Bruce will be in charge for Spurs’
Sky Sports News’ Keith Downie:
“I would be surprised if there was not a new man in the hot seat in time for Spurs a week on Sunday.
“Whether that is someone already at the club like Graeme Jones, who arrived at the club separate to the rest of Bruce’s backroom staff, there is a chance it could be him.
“Perhaps they have someone in mind already if they don’t get him.
“I do not believe they have someone in mind already, but it would be very unlikely Bruce will still be in charge for that game.
“I just do not believe he is the look they are going for after everything that has gone on in the last 24 hours.
“So they may bring in someone temporarily while they get the ball rolling like Jones, or they may make a quick appointment.
” And when I spoke to Bruce last night, he already seem resigned to his fate…”
Lampard, Favre, Potter… Which managers have Newcastle been linked with?
Newcastle are set to snub Frank Lampard as they sort out candidates to take over should they remove Steve Bruce from his role (The Daily Star, October 14); Lampard is a leading contender to replace Bruce as Newcastle manager (The Sun and Daily Telegraph, October 12), as is former Dortmund manager Lucien Favre (Daily Telegraph, October 12).
And the new Newcastle owners are reportedly lining up Antero Henrique to be the club’s new sporting director (Footmercato, October 12).
Newcastle’s owners had also reportedly been considering a move for Ralf Rangnick, among a number of candidates, to become the sporting director (Daily Telegraph, October 11).
Assistant manager Graeme Jones is set to be in the St James’ Park dugout for Sunday’s home clash with Spurs, while Brighton boss Graham Potter is “in the frame” to take over from Bruce (Star on Sunday, October 10).
Graham Potter had emerged as one of the candidates to replace Steve Bruce in the Newcastle hot seat, following their takeover earlier this week (Daily Mail, October 9).
The 46-year-old has been in charge at the Amex since 2019 and has guided the Seagulls to sixth so far this season, with four wins from their opening seven Premier League fixtures. He does, however, have a contract at the club that runs until 2025.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is also reportedly in the frame to replace Newcastle boss Bruce (Daily Telegraph, October 8).
Newcastle’s new owners want to bring Antonio Conte to the club, with the former Chelsea coach having parted ways with Inter after winning the Scudetto (La Gazzetta dello Sport, October 8).
However, Conte would likely reject the chance of leading Newcastle’s Saudi-backed assault on the top of English football (The Sun, October 9).
Paulo Fonseca is another name on Newcastle’s managerial shortlist after reportedly failing to reach agreement to join Tottenham over the summer (Mirror, October 9).
Brendan Rodgers has no interest in talking to Newcastle about the possibility of taking over as manager (Sky Sports News, October 13).
Which players have been linked?
Newcastle are set to battle it out with Manchester United and Chelsea among others for England midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham (The Daily Express, October 14)
The Magpies are understood to be in regular contact with the agents of Chelsea striker Timo Werner (The Sun, October 14)
Newcastle hope to sign out-of-favour Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet in January (Sport, October 13).
Newcastle will target a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana in January despite him being a long-term injury absentee (Daily Star, October 13).
Newcastle are planning a mass transfer raid on Manchester United with four outcasts reportedly in their sights (Sun, October 11).
Newcastle are supposedly monitoring the situation of ex-Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (Express, October 11).
Newcastle are plotting potential moves for Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Mirror (October 10).
Newcastle are keen on signing PSG forward Mauro Icardi, although both Spurs and Juventus are also understood to be interested in the player (Mail on Sunday, October 10); Icardi will turn down the chance to join the Newcastle United revolution because his wife Wanda Nara does not want to move from Paris (The Sun, October 14)
Newcastle are interested in bringing Burnley‘s James Tarkowski and Manchester United‘s Lingard to St James’ Park in January (Daily Express, October, 9).
Lingard, 28 – who starred on loan at West Ham towards the end of last season – has started just once for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men this term, while Tarkowski, also 28, is out of contract in the summer, but is said to have a gentleman’s agreement in place to leave in the winter window if a suitable offer comes in.
Newcastle supporters are keen for the club to make Aaron Ramsey their first big-money signing after the Saudi takeover was concluded. (The Sun, October 9)
Demba Ba has offered to come out of retirement to play for Newcastle United’s new owners. (Daily Star, October 9)
Philippe Coutinho‘s representatives are reported to have already made contact with Newcastle’s new owners to find out if there is any interest in their client. (Daily Mirror, October 9)