Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce believes the signings of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis have come at the right time and helped lift the mood at St James’ Park ahead of their season-opener against West Ham United on Saturday.

Newcastle spent around GBP 35 million (USD 44.78 million) to bring in Wilson and Lewis from Bournemouth and Norwich City respectively, while Fraser arrived on a free transfer.

‘Newcastle always seem to be in a storm, and there is nothing like a few signings to lift the mood.’

“In the past you’d have liked to have the signings done before pre-season, but this year there’s been no real pre-season as such,” Bruce told reporters in a news conference. “I’m delighted with what we’ve done, just at the right time. We’ve managed to bring four or five in, we’ve got one or two signed up as well and another couple in discussions so we’re progressing….

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