According to Luke Edwards, Newcastle United were offered the chance to sign Conor Gallagher on loan from Chelsea this summer.
The Telegraph reporter was on BBC’s Football Daily podcast, talking about the current plight of Newcastle United.
During a discussion about the club’s transfer business, or lack of, Edwards admitted that Gallagher is a player who was actually offered to Newcastle.
“Gallagher, player offered, we waxed lyrical about him playing for Crystal Palace,” Edwards said.
“He was offered to Newcastle, Steve Bruce wanted him. Crystal Palace could go sign Gallagher, but Newcastle can’t.
“That tells you everything about every single manager, like Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day, are going to be operating with their hand tied behind their back.”
Conor Gallagher would have been excellent for Newcastle
Instead, he joined Crystal Palace on loan. And he’s had a wonderful start since arriving at Selhurst Park.
He scored twice in a 2-2 draw with West Ham, while he was instrumental in Palace’s first win of the season over Tottenham on Saturday. He received a lot of praise from manager Patrick Vieira for his performance.
Gallagher is incredibly energetic in the middle, which is something Newcastle lack. It’s probably why he was a target for Steve Bruce.
But Gallagher is another example of the club’s ludicrous financial limitations holding us back. The fact that we can’t even afford to loan players is laughable.
Those problems continued all summer, with the Magpies unwilling to sanction a move for Hamza Choudhury on deadline day.
The club’s decisions, which they’ve defended in a shocking statement, are massively hindering Bruce, at a time when he needs support from the board more than ever.