Will Newcastle United really raid Premier League rivals Everton to reunite Steve Bruce with Yannick Bolasie?
Steve Bruce wants to make his former Aston Villa loanee Yannick Bolasie one of his first signings at Newcastle United, according to 90Min.
It seems only a matter of time before Bruce, a Geordie who has made no secret about his lifelong love for the Magpies, is handed the job of his dreams.
Bruce, and his staff, walked out of Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon with Newcastle paying the £4 million compensation fee to release the former Sunderland boss from his contract at Hillsborough (the Sun). And it seems that he is already thinking about transfer targets.
90Min claims that Bruce wants Everton’s seldom-seen midfielder James McCarthy, as well as an experienced winger he knows very well.
After all, £28 million Toffees flop Bolasie spent a few months alongside Bruce at Aston Villa last season and, even if he failed to make a real impression in claret and blue, he still has an admirer in the shape of the 58-year-old tactician.
“If he stays fit and his knee is right and he keeps playing like he did today then we have a very good player on our hands,” Bruce told BBC West Midlands Sport in October last year.
With the Liverpool Echo reporting that Bolasie has a £10 million release-clause in his Everton contract, Newcastle could sign an experienced Premier League forward who still has the pace and trickery to leave opposition full-backs red faced while hardly breaking the bank.
Though links with Bolasie, and McCarthy, rather reflect how Newcastle fans feel about Bruce as a whole; they’re past their best, cheap for a reason and, most damagingly of all, not quite at the level The Magpies should be aiming for.