Bruce on Longstaff departure, loans & returning players

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Matthew Raisbeck, BBC Radio Newcastle

Steve Bruce has been speaking to the media before Saturday’s home match against Southampton.

Here are the key lines from the Newcastle head coach:

  • Midfielder Matty Longstaff is poised to join Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on loan;

  • Bruce says it is still possible Newcastle could make a loan signing before Tuesday’s transfer deadline but they need to make room in their squad, first. He reiterated there is no money left in the budget for any permanent deals;

  • Midfielder Isaac Hayden and defender Paul Dummett could return from injuries;

  • Former United striker Adam Armstrong, who joined Southampton this summer, is likely to face his old club. Newcastle sold Armstrong to Blackburn in 2018, and Bruce says “the previous manager [Rafael Benitez] obviously thought he wasn’t quite ready” but Armstrong has “certainly matured” over the past few seasons.