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Bruce Plays Down Tavernier Link

Bruce Plays Down Tavernier Link

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has played down suggestions that he is set to move for Rangers captain James Tavernier. The Magpies have made three signings so far this summer but Joelinton is the only new arrival set to take up a spot in the first team.

Bruce, who only took charge on July 17, is likely to have a busy nine days as he looks to get further business done before the deadline on August 8. Tavernier is one player to be heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park but it appears there is little truth in the reports. Bruce told The Chronicle: “I really don’t know where [the Tavernier link] came from.

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“I hate it when people talk about my players so I’m not going to comment on anybody else’s.” Tavernier is a graduate of Newcastle’s academy but only made 10 senior appearances before leaving for Rangers in 2015. The 27-year-old right-back has established himself as a key figure at Ibrox, earning the captaincy last season, and he boasts 197 appearances across all competitions.

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