Steve Bruce confirms double January transfer snub for Newcastle

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Newcastle had a near-club record transfer for a midfielder accepted, but the deal fell through, and have seen a move for Olivier Giroud fail.

The Toon boss said eight days ago United saw a bid accepted for their number one January target, but the player turned down the move.

Bruce, speaking at his news conference, said: “Unfortunately the player wanted to stay where he was. We were really active but it didn’t happen and we will have to wait for the summer.

“I’m not giving you the name, you need to find out yourself. He was our No 1 target.”

Bruce also confirmed that the club had tried to sign Chelsea striker Giroud, who has been linked with an exit this month.

“It (Giroud) was somebody we did enquire about but it was not possible.”



Asked if there was any chance of anymore business, he added: “You can never write anything off but I would think so,” Steve Bruce said. “I think I will be in my bed for 10pm.

“We have gone about it in the right way. The three we have bought in have added quality.

“Whether we do any more today I doubt.”