Newcastle United are showing an interest in Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara ahead of the transfer deadline, according to TEAMtalk sources.
Rangers are keen to tie down the Finland star to a new long-term deal and remain hopeful of doing so, however, interest is emerging in the Premier League.
The former Arsenal trainee has impressed hugely under Steven Gerrard and the Gunners have been one of the teams looking at him.
West Ham, Leeds and Wolves have also been keeping close tabs on the 25-year-old, as have Newcastle.
Newcastle had been looking at loans, but Steve Bruce said on Tuesday that he was working under tight restraints.
“If we do a loan deal there is then no room in the squad without leaving somebody out. It is a difficult situation as well with finances,” said Bruce.
“If there is a loan deal (possible for a player) who can help us that is what we will try and do. But, as for bringing in somebody permanently, I can say that is probably not going to happen.
“There is still a little bit of work to do but it has been difficult for all the clubs all summer. I have never known it so quiet and difficult for a lot of clubs with finances.”
However, they may spend on a signing if they can get a player out. And one possible departure is midfielder Isaac Hayden.
Hayden signed a new long-term deal at the end of last season. But he has long been linked with a move back to his native south and Watford are again testing Newcastle’s resolve.
Newcastle are unlikely to sell, but a big enough offer would see them allow Hayden to move, and as such they are doing homework on other players.
No comment on Choudhury
One player they have already done extensive work on is Kamara and a late bid cannot be ruled out.
Bruce was asked about reports linking the club with Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury. The Magpies boss though was coy and said it would be “unfair to mention” individual players.
In terms of outgoings, one loan deal could happen with 21-year-old Matty Longstaff set to be allowed out to gain experience elsewhere.
Bruce said: “It is something we have decided might be best for Matty. We will see in the next week. We have had one or two enquiries. We hope for him something happens in the next couple of days.”