It was being reported over the weekend that manager Steve Bruce will only be given a £1million summer transfer budget with the plan being sell to buy moving forward.
With heavy spending last summer and again in January, whilst the media take the ‘shock’ figure as forcing a change of plans, to be honest Bruce has been saying all along that the focus was more on trimming numbers and sorting out the futures of players and moreover he said himself it would be a quiet summer in terms of incomings, so I’m guessing he probably knew that all along.
So claims of ‘cash freeze’ and the like from the Telegraph are a little over the top.
In any event Steve Bruce was said to have met with Director of Football Steve Round and Chief Executive Keith Wyness to formalise plans for the summer and those plans now need to change unless he can raise the funds himself.
The Telegraph says he wanted to sign at least five new players, but again that doesn’t tally with what Bruce has said himself about the summer on a number of occasions.
It’s no surprise to then see them list names like Jordan Amavi, Carles Gil, Jordan Veretout, Tommy Elphick and Aaron Tshibola and they of course reference what they state was a £2.5million deal for Carlos Sanchez to Fiorentina which is already a done deal.
Championship Financial Fair Play obviously figures and Wyness himself said a good few months back that plans were in place to deal with that and everybody knew part of that would be trimming players given the number we have on our books.
With the way we have spent over the last two windows, having other clubs not look at us as a payday carries benefits of its own moving forward as well.
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