Danny Mills claims that Newcastle United will be looking to strengthen their starting XI rather than making squad improvements after Steve Bruce confirmed a transfer meeting between senior figures. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back says that there is no point adding bodies to the Magpies’ squad for the sake of it and that new recruits will only be targeted if they can make a significant impact on Bruce’s line up.

Newcastle saw the likes of Jetro Willems, Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximan and Andy Carroll join over the summer transfer window, with Miguel Almiron the only arrival in the January market.

With the Newcastle boss having revealed he would be sitting down with managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Steve Nickson this week to discuss transfers, Mills claims they will be looking at notable figures to bolster the starting XI.

Mills told Football Insider: “It doesn’t matter where they strengthen but when they do strengthen, they won’t just add players to the squad. You have to add quality, you have to improve on that first XI.

“I see no point bringing in squad players, there’s no point bringing in three or four average players who are just the same, they’re no different to what you’ve got. 

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“They’re best off putting all their eggs in one basket and bringing in one or two. That’s what Newcastle need, if they have the chance to add to their first XI, they have to take that opportunity.” 

Newcastle’s attacking signings have struggled to make a meaningful contribution of the final third of the pitch, with Almiron still waiting for his first goal in black and white nearly 10 months on.

Joelinton, the Magpies’ record signing, has just one goal under his belt, scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham in north London.

In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent admits he is baffled by one Magpies who he says Bruce must keep faith in.