EDDIE HOWE did not name Bruno Guimaraes but confirmed Newcastle are closing in on a new signing.
Guimaraes, 24, was on the bench on Thursday night as the Samba stars drew 1-1 in Ecuador in a crazy game.
Speaking from their training camp in Jeddah, Saoedi-Arabië, die Newcastle boss gesê: “We are hopeful we’re getting closer to completing a transfer for a player. Fingers crossed, we’re close.
“If we get it over the line, we’ll be in a much better place.
“And I don’t imagine that will be the end of our interest in bringing new players in.
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“The last couple of days can be unpredictable but we’re open and working hard to improve the squad to stay in the league.
“The loan market is always an option and, usually, those deals come later in the window.
“We’re quite prepared to react and maybe make a quick decision on something that appears late.”
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