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Get these deals done and there is some room for optimism at Newcastle, but we need more

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Can anyone hear a strangled cry for help echoing across the Town Moor and down to the cathedral on the hill?

Mike Ashley? Steve Bruce? Lee Charnley?

Like Custer at his Last Stand reinforcements are urgently required to head off disaster. Custer didn't get them. United better had.

They have supposedly been coming for many a day and night but the waiting foot soldiers are getting increasingly twitchy.

Callum Wilson has been specifically targeted to ease a considerable goalscoring problem. Winger Ryan Fraser to supply the ammunition. And Norwich City's Jamal Lewis to solve a serious left-back problem.

All have been sitting in the arrivals lounge waiting for their name to be called.

Not to mention Rob Holding for whom a loan deal was allegedly agreed with Arsenal before the Community Shield final over a week ago.

As I said over the weekend, United are at the crossroads. Do they turn right or left? One way - getting some quality players in - they have an outside chance, the other no chance.

And the emphasis is on numbers. One is not enough. Two neither. This........

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