Steve Bruce will sit down with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley this week to thrash out a transfer plan for what remains of the January window.
The sportswear tycoon is expected to make a rare trip to Tyneside in the coming days. Having appointed Bruce as Rafael Benitez’s replacement during the summer, Ashley sanctioned substantial bids for record signing Joelinton and fellow forward Allan Saint-Maximin.
An injury crisis has left Bruce struggling to put together a team for Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay against League One Rochdale, but while Bruce is confident of Ashley’s continued support, he has insisted he will not spend "for the sake of it."
Asked if he expected Ashley to be a supportive as he was during the summer window, Bruce replied:
"He was very supportive in the summer and he’s been very supportive of me full-stop, so yes, I can expect that."
Defender Paul Dummett and striker Dwight Gayle both picked up hamstring injuries during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolves, although skipper Jamaal Lascelles could return from a fractured tibia.
The Magpies failed to make the most of a promising first-half performance at the Crown Oil Arena and were eventually pegged back by 40-year-old Aaron Wilbraham's equaliser, and Bruce is expecting another tricky encounter at St James' Park.
Asked if his players were embarrassed to have allowed Wilbraham to score, he replied: