Newcastle United failed to sign Joe Bryan in 2018 but they reportedly want him again after Fulham were relegated from the Premier League.
Bright spots were few and far between as Fulham made a dog’s dinner of their one and only season back in the Premier League.
Big name signings like Jean Michel Seri, Andre-Franck Zambo Anguissa and Maxime Le Marchand made a mockery of their expensive price-tags as The Cottagers finished 19th in the table. But at least Joe Bryan represented good value for money.
A £6 million deadline-day signing from Bristol City last August, the left-back was forced to wait for his Premier League chance after an injury-hit start to life at Craven Cottage. Once he had regained his fitness, however, Bryan immediately established himself in the starting XI and never looked back.
And with the Northern Echo reporting that Newcastle United are looking to take advantage of Fulham’s relegation and snap up a player they missed out on a year ago, Bryan’s first season at the Cottage could well be his last.
The Magpies have needed a quality left-back since Davide Santon’s heyday and Bryan, a swashbuckling wideman renowned for his pinpoint deliveries, would be a major upgrade on Antonio Barreca and Javi Manquillo.
And his exit would certainly leave Fulham fans disappointed.
Hope we tell them where to go. One of the few bright lights we had this season who I expect to be a massive player for us next season.— MJG (@1966MJG) May 23, 2019
One of the few Fulham that looked comfortable in the premier last season— Liam (@Liam56153047) May 23, 2019
Ffc Would be mad to sell him!! He will boss the championship @joebryan— Laura Greenaway (@LauraGreenawa12) May 23, 2019
I’d be a bit gutted with that— Kickso (@kickso) May 23, 2019
@joebryan ly pls stay— Jake (@JakepeFFC) May 23, 2019
8 million + Bryan for Dwight Gale— Liam Walsh (@LiamTWalsh) May 23, 2019