Newcastle United are divided over the prospect of signing Will Hughes from Premier League newcomers Watford this summer, as reported by the Daily Mail.
There’s a transfer tug-of-war going on at Tyneside. Steve Bruce is at one end of the rope, the Newcastle recruitment team are at the other.
In the middle stands Hughes, the industrious, all-action midfielder who emerged as the driving force behind a Watford side that finished second in the Championship last season, securing automatic promotion alongside Norwich City.
The report claims Bruce is a fan of the one-time Derby County star, with Newcastle understood to have entered talks regarding a potential £12 million deal (Sun).
There is just one year remaining on Hughes’ Vicarage Road contract. He and and his agent are now considering offers from elsewhere, with Aston Villa another potential destination.
But it seems others at St James’ Park don’t share Bruce’s admiration for the hard-working Hughes, although it’s not clear why.
Will Hughes – Newcastle-bound or not?
Perhaps their doubts have something to do with the fact Hughes has endured his fair share of injury issues at Watford, starting just 21 league games in 2020/21.
Furthermore, the former England U21 international has never established himself as a player of proven Premier League quality. He suffered relegation with Watford as recently as last summer after all.
Hughes isn’t the only midfielder on Newcastle’s radar either.
The Magpies are keen on Turkey’s Euro 2020 ace Irfan Kahveci, while Jens Cajuste is another option.
It’s believed Newcastle won’t pay the £13 million Midtjylland want for the tough-tackling Sweden international, however, opening the door for Leeds, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers to go all out for a man who was left out of Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier with Celtic.