Newcastle United will allow Steve Bruce to spend the near £5m Blackburn Rovers will owe once Adam Armstrong completes his move to Southampton, according to Chronicle Live.
The Saints scheduled a medical for Tuesday after Rovers accepted their latest bid for the Toon product. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side increased their efforts to sign Armstrong after selling Danny Ings to Aston Villa for an initial £25m.
Armstrong still has to reach a final agreement on personal terms, but Southampton have a deal in place with Blackburn. Lancashire Live report Rovers accepted the Saints’ £15m offer for the 24-year-old, in a straight-cash move after discussing Michael Obafemi.
Southampton improved their cash-only offer on Sunday and personal terms are unlikely to be an issue. Suggesting a deal could be imminent after his medical. Armstrong’s move to St Mary’s will also help his former side Newcastle as Bruce plans a late spending spree.
Blackburn will owe Newcastle 40% of any profit they make from Southampton on the £1.7m paid for Armstrong in 2018. Should the deal feature an upfront £15m, that means Bruce will have an additional £5.32m available to spend this summer.
Bruce will be thrilled to have the additional funds with the Magpies operating on a limited budget. The Athletic report Newcastle can only afford one permanent arrival and two loan deals. Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock would likely to be their sole full-time signing at £20m.
Southampton to hand Bruce a boost to his Newcastle transfer plans
Bruce will likely welcome Southampton signing Armstrong from Blackburn and the knock-on effect for Newcastle’s own transfer budget. The Toon are the only Premier League club yet to make any signings this summer, either on loan or permanently.
But Bruce could begin to change the record with Willock, and also wants Liverpool centre-half Nat Phillips, per The Athletic. The Magpies boss also wanted Manchester United talent Axel Tuanzebe on loan, per Chronicle Live, before he joined Aston Villa.
Now, Newcastle need to use the funds Armstrong’s move from Blackburn to Southampton will raise to good effect. Some in the Toon first-team are frustrated at the lack of new players arriving in the North East, according to the Daily Mail, knowing they are needed.