Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Michael Brown has claimed Steve Bruce has “no money whatsoever” to spend on new signings at Newcastle United.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Magpies could do with some new additions to help turn their fortunes around but suggested transfer funds were non-existent at St James’ Park.

As quoted by journalist Lee Ryder earlier this week, Bruce confirmed the Magpies had “one or two things bubbling away” but that loan deals may be determined by other clubs’ FA Cup results.

Newcastle are yet to bring in any new faces during the winter window, despite a dreadful run of form which has resulted in just two points from a possible 27.

Brown believes Bruce will have to rely on temporary arrivals if he is to get anyone through the door before Monday’s deadline due to a lack of financial backing on Tyneside.

Brown told Football Insider: “He’s got no money, there’s no money mate, no money whatsoever.

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“Listen, it’d be a big help for Steve, any player he can get in is going to help the situation.

“The supporters need to go: ‘This is where we are now. We need a little bit of stability until the end of the season and then let’s review it then.’ It’s not going to help the situation at the moment.

“A couple of players back, a couple of new additions, it would be like three or four players for them.” 

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Newcastle splashed the cash on the likes of Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis last summer, while Jeff Hendrick, Mark Gillespie and Ryan Fraser all joined on free transfers.

The Magpies currently sit 16th in the Premier League table after five successive defeats,  seven points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham.

In other news, a former colleague of Graeme Jones has given the inside track to the coach joining Newcastle United.