Mills shares Newcastle relegation verdict after 'pathetic' transfer reveal

Danny Mills has backed Steve Bruce to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League despite his “pathetic” transfer budget.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted Bruce will have to rely on his star players like Allan Saint-Maximin to stay fit.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Newcastle board have informed the manager he will have between £8-10million to spend on new signings this window.

It is understood Bruce will blow the entire meagre budget on just one signing.

The 60-year-old will have to rely on free agents and the loan market.

Football Insider understands former full-back Jetro Willems is “very keen” on a return after being released by Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Asked whether the Bruce will be able to keep Newcastle in the top-flight next term, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “As long as they can retain all the players they’ve got he’ll be able to because Steve Bruce is a good manager.

“I know Newcastle fans still don’t like Steve Bruce even though they finished 12th which is a very decent position, if you’ve got all the players fit there you’ve still got a good side. If Saint-Maximin is playing well…

“£10million is pocket change in Premier League terms, it’s pathetic almost.

“Basically they’re saying ‘Here’s the same squad.’ That’s what it will be. Simple as that. There will not be much more than that.

“But they can stay up because Steve Bruce is a really good manager. He’s just not getting any help.”

Last summer, Newcastle spent big on Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis from relegated pair Bournemouth and Norwich City, respectively.

In January they added Joe Willock on loan from Arsenal.

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