Newcastle looks sets to challenge Chelsea in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele in January.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce wants to strengthen his squad by bringing in power striker Dembele over to his side. Chelsea has already put in a bid for the Lyon player, with Manchester United considering making a deal as well.
“If there is somebody who can improve us, then I will ask him the question,” Bruce said, having been invited by Ashley for a meeting regarding potential moves.
“He just wanted to come in and see if he could give us a hand. He was very supportive in the summer so if he wants to come and have a cup of tea with me, fine.
“I certainly don’t want to be labelled that puppet thing again but you have to have a strong relationship with the owner or CEO and it is very, very strong at the moment. I will never be anyone’s puppet. I want what’s best for this club.
“We’ve seen little bits of quality in [Miguel] Almiron and [Allan] Saint-Maximin That’s what we need and if we can get to the level of them – if we can get one or two – then let’s try.”