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Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is planning to spend most his budget on a new central-defender and a young striker, according to Sky Sports.

Newcastle are set to only have limited funds to spend if Mike Ashley stays at the helm until next season, which is looking increasingly likely.

The Magpies have been waiting for the Premier League to approve their takeover for some time now, but it still has not been green lighted.

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Bruce now needs to plan for life with Ashley at the helm, which could restrict his movements in the transfer window.

The Newcastle boss has seemingly now made signing a defender and a striker his two main priorities. 

Indeed, the Magpies boss is said to be willing to blow most his budget to ensure that the double swoop is successful.

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Newcastle targeting a striker should hardly come as a surprise, as their current forward options have struggled so badly this term.

Jonjo Shelvey ended up being Newcastle’s top scorer, even after Dwight Gayle’s strong run of form following the restart. 

If Newcastle are targeting a centre-back that could come as more of a shock though.

Newcastle have some fairly reliable options at the back already, but it seems Bruce feels that they could be improved even further. 

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