Steve Bruce could name four goalkeepers in his Premier League squad after Newcastle United decided not to do any further business on the day of the transfer deadline.
Bruce landed his number one target, Joe Willock, last month after the club broke “all the rules” to pay Arsenal the transfer fee in installments.
However, Newcastle couldn’t make any other high-level additions despite Bruce’s interest in hiring an enforcer or an athletic center-back.
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Bruce was frustrated after Newcastle failed to temporarily sign Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury on the deadline and the Magpies ultimately failed to bolster the group that ended the previous campaign so strongly.
The Newcastle head coach had hoped to make room for a new signing by appointing three goalkeepers to his 25-strong Premier League squad after initially toyed with the idea of naming four.
Bruce had considered adding Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie to his roster as Dubravka is out with a foot injury until October and Darlow was hospitalized with COVID earlier this summer.
After a quiet close to the window, Bruce doesn’t have to skip any of his shot stoppers, and that could mean Dubravka, Darlow, Woodman and Gillespie will all be among the 25 names submitted to the Premier League.
The Newcastle boss was the first to admit that having four goalkeepers on his squad would be “unheard of” when he spoke to reporters last week.
“Well, I think Karl is just about seeing how his physical well-being is,” he said.
“How long will that take? We knew in the past that I had a player that took at least six weeks.
“At Dubravka, so as not to set a time limit, but we hope maybe in eight weeks. As I said, unfortunately his wound got infected, which will set him back for a few more weeks.”
“Time scales on the two? It’s a little difficult.”
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