Steve Bruce has apparently pissed on Andy Carroll’s chips as the Teams’ lad doesn’t look like he will be making  a return to the Darsley Park treatment room any time soon. The Mirror is reporting that Bruce has put the block on any return to Barrack Road for a striker who left in 2012 and although has made a load of dough has barely lived up to his potential – click here There is no news as to whether Bruce prefers another crock Charlie Austin who has fallen out with Southampton and could be a free agent.

In the same report Bruce denies he has ever wanted to sell Dwight Gayle who spent last season on-loan at West Brom and has apparently interested Leeds and Bristol City. Bruce has gone further and claimed he wanted to sign him at previous clubs – though whether those clubs were in the Championship remains to be seen. Newcastle United is currently a PL club and Gayle has seldom looked like he belongs at that level – good hand that he was in the Championship season – we really should have gone beyond Gayle as a senior striker at United by now. Sighs.

The Star repeats much the same tale as The Mirror but its noticeable United’s name is not being linked to any other strikers even though we are painfully light in that department. Any knocks to Joelinton and we’re beyond the bare bones. Bruce has hinted that there are deals potentially “bubbling away” but no-one is really sure what that means.

A so-called national newspaper claims Bruce is ready to do battle with the United hierarchy over 31-year-old Elmohamady currently at Villa who Bruce had at Hull and the Mackems. I’m not sure this one is somebody to die in a ditch over mind.

The Mail has detailed United’s interest in taking 19-year-old striker Facundo Colidio from Inter Milan on some kind of loan deal but it is considered if the Argentine did come to Tyneside he’d be one for the Development Squad at U-23 level, so difficult to see any impact that would have on the first team. Click here for the full report.

It has been widely reported that United need to lose some players before others arrive. The list below could do with finding pastures new:

Rob Elliot, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback Henri Saviet and Rolando Aarons.

The transfer window closes on Thursday 8/Aug/19. Newcastle United have currently lost four players from last season’s first team pool and brought in the thick end of £33m. The club has made two permanent signings for a net outlay of approximately £24m..

There had been early close-season speculation from the press that United would have a minimum of £50m to spend plus whatever was made from outgoing transfers. If that wasn’t just kite-flying speculation and had come from Lee Charnley whispering int their shell-likes then there should be plenty money remaining for deals in the last few days of the window.

Few would deny the club is significantly short in quality attacking positions with Muto and Gayle yet to do much to suggest they can get the goals to keep the club in the Premier League – which is undoubtedly the club’s ambition for the coming season.

Tick-Tock!