Newcastle are reportedly among the clubs interested in a potential loan transfer swoop for Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp this summer.
The 20-year-old is highly regarded in north London and has so far played a major role in Nuno Espirito Santo’s pre-season plans. However, there are reports that Skipp could be loaned out again to gain more first-team experience, but this time in the Premier League.
The midfielder had a hugely successive spell with Norwich last season, as the Canaries won the Championship.
The Toon boss is said to have ended his interest in trying to lure Aaron Ramsey from Juventus. Instead, he wants a loan deal secured for Skipp.
The problem for Bruce is that Skipp has so far been preferred to former Newcastle target Harry Winks in pre-season.
Nuno has been hugely impressed by the England Under-21 international’s form since returning to north London.
Skipp has stepped up
Skipp has clearly worked on adding more power to his game, while his passing range has also improved.
To that end, it may prove to be a forlorn Newcastle chase. That is unless Spurs decide to bolster their midfield before the window shuts and Skipp becomes surplus to requirements.
Bruce, meanwhile, remains interested in a deal for Arsenal star Joe Willock.
The Gunners youngster made a huge impression at St James’ last season. However, trying to do another deal has so far proved tricky, with Mikel Arteta still formulating his squad ahead of the new campaign.