What to look out for at Newcastle United on Deadline day?
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Newcastle United, like most other clubs in the Premier League, have been extremely quiet this transfer window as the purse strings are tightened more than usual due t the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Steve Bruce is still on the lookout for new recruits as he looks to build on a superb win against Everton and move further away from the drop zone.

It's set to be a busy final few hours on Tyneside with bruce wanting a full-back and central midfielder as he looks to address the lack of creativity from the middle of the pitch.

There are a few key players and move to keep an eye on for tomorrow if Newcastle are to get all their business done in time for an important second-half of the season.

DeAndre Yedlin's exit

DeAndre Yedlin was set for a move away in the summer before a deal collapsed with another Turkish club as Newcastle's valuation could not be met.

However, after growing frustrated with a lack of communication and action on his contract which expires in the summer, Yedlin looked for a move away.

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The American international is set for a move to Turkish giants Galatasary SK where he will join the likes of Ryan Babel, Radamel Falcao and Arda Turan.

Yedlin will be looking to add some silverware to his collection with just one MLS Supporters Shield and one Championship medal to his name. 

He'll depart Tyneside with everyone's best wishes as he was a great servant for Newcastle having made over 100 appearances and costing just five million in 2016.

Hamza Choudhury developments 

Bruce has been desperate to add quality into the centre of midfield with many games passing Newcastle by with their lack of mobility and creativity.

He's admitted that Hamza Choudhury is a player he admires and Brendan Rodgers confirmed earlier this week that himself and Bruce had held discussions over a possible loan deal.

The midfielder was an unused substitute in Leicester City's 3-1 defeat against Leeds United as speculation grows over his potential departure.

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It may rely on a few other pieces falling into place. Dan Gosling has recently sealed his move to Watford, allowing Nathaniel Chalobah to join the Foxes after speculation in recent days.

If the former Chelsea midfielder does return to the Premier League that could be the green light for Choudhury to make the move up North.

He's a player well known to Newcastle and their fans after an awful tackle put Matt Ritchie out of action for several months last season.

Ritchie returning to home comforts

Matt Ritchie has struggled for regular game time since recovering from that injury sustained in the Carabao Cup against Leicester and is growing frustrated on the sidelines.

The winger did not even make the bench for Newcastle's win at Goodison Park on Saturday, signalling he may be edging towards the exit door.

A leader both on and off the pitch, Ritchie would be a huge miss for Bruce and the squad, especially in the dressing room. However, it may be the correct time with Ryan Fraser, Jacob Murphy and Allan Saint-Maximin proving more regulars under bruce.

The 31-year old has been linked with a move back to AFC Bournemouth and dropping into the Championship. A move back to his former club may allow Ritchie to flourish and find his best form once again.

More loan options available

Newcastle have both of their loan spots open after only doing permanent deals in the summer. Therefore, it's likely Bruce will recruit two players on a temporary basis.

They've made a number of enquires to the likes of Olivier Ntcham and Ainsley Maitland-Niles who would improve the quality and depth of Bruce's squad.

Ntcham would likely come with an option to buy in the summer as he's had a falling out with Neil Lennon at Celtic and no longer a fan favourite. A powerful midfielder with an eye for goal and killer pass is something Newcastle have missed for years.

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Maitland-Niles, who is after more first-team football would be a great addition to Newcastle as he can operate as a full-back, wing-back or winger.

Bruce is desperate to make new additions to give his squad a lift and to increase the competition within the squad.

Longstaff's potentially departing

After a long standoff last summer, Matty Longstaff eventually signed a new deal at Newcastle but has seen his game time extremely limited this season.

He attracted interest from Watford in the summer and it seems they may be looking to add Longstaff to their potential promotion squad.

Longstaff desperately needs game time if he is to avoid seeing his career stagnate after failing to dislodge either Jonjo Shelvey or Jeff Hendrick this season.

The Hornets would be a good fit for Longstaff as they play attacking, possession style football which suits his energy and willingness tod rive forward with and without the ball.

His older brother, Sean Longstaff has been linked with a shock move abroad to Valencia. It was rumoured the Spanish club had made a loan offer with a £15 million option to buy in the summer, but this was dismissed in the local press.

After falling to make the squad since January 18 in the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal it seems a loan move may be best for everyone.

Bruce clearly doesn't favour Longstaff ahead of his other options and with a potential new arrival coming in the next 24 hours it may be sensible to allow the 23-year old to play first-team football and rediscover his form from the 2018/19 season.

In the last 24 hours, Sean Longstaff has been linked, like his younger brother, with a love to Watford and the Hornets have made contact about a possible loan deal. 

However, according to The Chronicle, the academy graduate wants to stay and fight for his place and earn a new contract.

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