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Mike Ashley calls face-to-face transfer summit with Newcastle boss Steve Bruce


Steve Bruce is set for face-to-face talks with Mike Ashley this week as the club holds a a transfer window summit.

The Newcastle owner has called a rare meeting with the Sports Direct tycoon, with Bruce saying he’s been “supportive” since he took the Toon job.

Bruce is exploring a number of transfer deals including Ademola Lookman on loan from RB Leipzip, and there are funds to spend.

Ashley will run through how the season has gone so far and ask Bruce, MD Lee Charnley and transfer chief Steve Nickson if there is value to be had in the January sales.

Steve Bruce wants new additions to his Newcastle United squad

Bruce insists Ashley has been good to him since he took over from Rafa Benitez in July.

But the pair have not met since August, with Ashley concentrating on his retain empire and letting Bruce get on with it.

Bruce said: “I am meeting with the owner in the next couple of days. If there is something that can make us better I will ask the owner.

“He was very supportive in the summer and has been supportive of me full stop.”

Bruce has been calm about the transfer window so far, despite having a long injury list.

The last few windows have been anything but, when Rafa Benitez was head coach and publicly demanding new signings.

There is a hope that Bruce can bring Ashley around to buying if the right player is available.

Jamaal Lascelles is back in action for Newcastle against Rochdale

Bruce said last week he wouldn’t waste cash on stop-gap signings.

Bruce faces Rochdale on Tuesday night in an FA Cup round three replay with a fourth round tie against Oxford United the lure.

Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle are having scans on Monday morning. Jamaal Lascelles is available again after a leg fracture.

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Bruce said: “We will play as strong as I possibly can. We have a wonderful chance to dispatch Rochdale at home. The game should have been put to bed in the first half there, but we have another chance.

“It doesn’t do any hard to have a cup run. Let’s tackle it head on. We have an opportunity, two division one teams to get to the last 16. Great opportunity, but that is all it is. We have to perform and get through.

“They were delighted with the replay. They are a small club and they want someone from the Premier League. They will come up here and enjoy it and want to do well at St James’ Park.”





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