Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Magpies have not made any cash bids for new players this summer.

It is understood that while there have been suggestions of Newcastle losing out in a bidding war on players such as Kristoffer Ajer, who left Celtic for Brentford, United have not reached the stage of submitting money offers - despite holding talks on valuations.

So far, Newcastle have only placed loan enquiries with Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe, who Bruce has wanted since the end of last term, and Arsenal's Joe Willock.

Bruce clarified the situation last night and said: "We haven’t made any bids for any player, because Joe’s been our No.1 target."

But he then told Radio Newcastle: "Until we make a cut-off with that, and I have to respect Arsenal, of course, he’s their player … until that bridge is burnt, I will continue to try and get Joe."

Bruce was on the end of a mixed reception from supporters last night but ended the evening when complying to a request for a wave from the travelling Geordie fans.

When asked about transfer deals that may happen, he said: "Of course, we’ve got one or two irons in the fire.

"We have to make sure that if that doesn’t happen, we have got who we think is our second choice.

"We’ll what develops in the next few days.

"Obviously, when we’re ticking towards the start of the season, and towards the end of the window, we’ve obviously got to make a decision.

"When that decision (will be made), is the patient part. We’ll see how it goes."

With fans growing concerned about transfer deals, Bruce then told Sky Sports: "The talks are ongoing as far as people coming in, and I think that’s the vital thing.

"The supporters want to see one or two walk through the door.

"We’re doing our utmost to make that happen.

"Hopefully, something this week might fall, but, as I’ve said from the start of the window, we’ve got to remain patient.

"We haven’t got a lot money like most clubs.

"We’ll see what we can achieve.”

When asked if the club were essentially waiting for an answer from Willock, Bruce said: "Effectively, yes."