Brandon Williams a target as Newcastle turn to loan market in January
Newcastle continue to keep an eye on Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams as loan signings could be the Magpies’ best options in the January transfer window.
Newcastle have invested £ 35million in first-team signings Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis over the summer but the club are expected to save funds until the end of the season instead of spending now.
Manager Steve Bruce has lamented that Newcastle are not in the same financial situation as clubs like Everton and Aston Villa. The latter has spent over £ 70million in the summer on players like Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash and has climbed the rankings.
“I can understand the frustration but we are where we are at,” Bruce said, quoted by The Guardian.
“We would all love to have what Everton has been able to do over the past two or three years and certainly, since leaving Aston Villa, the purchasing power that has propelled them into the league. We wish we could do it, but unfortunately we are where we are right now.
The Chronicle writes that while a mid-season budget could be made available, the club is more likely to look to the loan market rather than permanent deals.
As it stands, Newcastle are seven points clear of the relegation zone and the feeling within the club is that the current squad are capable enough without major additions meaning the unspent money of January could be used to increase the budget for next summer.
Interest in Williams has been rife since early December and it is once again reiterated in the Chronicle report that the 20-year-old is on a list of possible loan goals.
Williams had a difficult second season in Manchester United’s first team and saw the competition for left-back spots increase dramatically following the arrival of Alex Telles in October. He’s versatile enough to be able to play on the right as well, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is an automatic starter when he’s in good shape and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown in the last two games he’s ready to use center-backs in the game. this role if he needs.
It has previously been reported that the Old Trafford club are not looking to sell Williams amid rumors that Bayer Leverkusen are interested in a permanent deal, so a loan could be more attractive.
Southampton are another club with strong ties to Williams.
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