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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on transfers – 'We're particularly close to one'

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Press Conference hot topics: Bruce on transfers – 'We're particularly close to one'

Steve Bruce spoke to the media on Friday ahead of the match against Nottingham Forest.

The manager discussed a range of topics from focussing on the league, facing new managers and, of course, transfers.

His thoughts are below.

On the uninterrupted run between now and the end of the season...

There's no disputing that we're disappointed to be out of the cup.

However, it was important for the young players and those who had been out for two or three months.

We're also going to be judged by what we do in the league, and rightly so.

It'll be another big game against Forest, and we'll have less than 20 to play when it's over.

It's all to play for.

On facing another new manager...

We're expecting a difficult game, they've got some good players.

Yes, we're coming up against a new manager who has new ideas.

But for me, it's not the manager we take on. It's the team and how they perform.

The last two games have, arguably, been as good as we've been all season. It's important we maintain that form. 

If we do, it gives us a chance.

On the feel-good factor after Bristol City...

There's nothing like a big victory over your rivals to get the place buzzing.

But that was two weeks ago now and the important thing is that we remain consistent.

I think we have been in the majority. We had a bad 45 minutes against Brentford and made mistakes at Derby and against Sheffield United.

But our performances had generally been decent. And we're now hitting a level in the league that I've come to expect.

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On injuries to John Terry and Mile Jedinak and the return of Scott Hogan...

I'm waiting on Jedinak.

As for Terry, he rolled his ankle on Wednesday. 

He's a doubt. He's just gotten over his lengthy foot injury, so we'll see how he is.

Scott Hogan is fine, he's trained all week and is available.

On Andre Green...

He got another hour under his belt for the U23s last night, which is what we wanted.

We've done that and he's gotten through it, which is good.

I've got the biggest squad to pick from for a long time, and it's about time we had a bit of luck on that front.

You have to say fair play to the squad for handling that.

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On transfers...

Everyone knows and understands the situation we're in and that we don't have loads of money to spend.

However, if we look at the loan route, which has been really positive for us with Robert Snodgrass, Sam Johnstone and Josh Onomah, it's been good for us.

We'll look to go down that route and we're close to one or two things.

Until they get over the line, I can't really reveal anything.

We're particularly close to one. Let's hope it can happen.

On names of incoming players...

I love the transfer window like everyone else. 

But it'd be unwise of me to name names and talk about other club's players.

We are particularly close to one, and not the ones that have been spoken about in recent days.

Until we get them over the line, out of respect for others, I can't reveal anything.


Dan Connor
By @danconnor 12th January 2018