Former Newcastle United star Steve Howey doubts that the club will sign Conor Gallagher this summer despite links with the Chelsea midfielder.
Gallagher seems to be at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war in this transfer window, as he has been linked with a couple of clubs.
Along with the Magpies, Crystal Palace are also said to hold an interest in signing the player, who is likely to leave on loan, as opposed to on a permanent deal this summer, per The Sun, who claim Newcastle were fighting to bring the player to St James’ Park.
Still, Howey, who played for Newcastle between 1989 and 2000, has his doubts, given that various players are linked with a move to St James’ Park only for the deals to fail to come off.
Indeed, he does not think that manager Steve Bruce has a high enough budget to be able to truly strengthen his squad this summer despite flattering to deceive last season, as they finished 12th, in mid-table mediocrity.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Howey said: “So I mean, this lad, he’s been talked about but honestly, if you’re a Newcastle fan, and you hear the stuff and the players that the club is supposed to be going for, you would know just to take no notice of it whatsoever because ultimately that player never comes to the club.
“It only happens when you have managers that are given budgets and obviously, Steve hasn’t been given a great budget so all these players, it’s just speculation, I’ll believe it when a player arrives.”