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RETURN OF THE MACKEM Newcastle to make bold move for Geordie ex-Sunderland boss Bruce
Ogbonna Onyekachi Solomon|July. 10, 2019
NEWCASTLE are ready to make an official approach for Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce.
SunSport understands the Geordie is now the Toon’s top target to replace Rafa Benitez.
And they are willing to pay the compensation to get Bruce out of Hillsborough, thought to be no more than £1million.
Bruce, 58, took the Wednesday reins in February but is only on a one-year rolling contract with the Championship side.
And he would jump at the chance to boss his boyhood club - despite managing Newcastle’s rivals Sunderland from 2009 to 2011.
Bruce , who is now the bookies’ odds-on favourite for the post, returns to England from the Owls' pre-season trip to Portugal on Wednesday.
And the Toon are set to make their move ahead of Saturday's pre-season trip to China.
SunSport understands Bruce could even meet owner Mike Ashley to seal a deal - despite the Sports Direct tycoon taking a hands-off approach with Benitez.
Bruce would likely bring with him his long-time assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
He has jumped to the front of the queue after the likes of Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Roberto Martinez turned Newcastle down.
Speaking about the Toon’s interest on Tuesday night following the Owls' 2-0 friendly win over Shrewsbury, Bruce said: "God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon.
“There seemed to be an upsurge in the betting from somewhere.
“John Terry was favourite yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before so who knows.
"As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog!"
Bruce is fancied by Newcastle because of his strong man-management skills and Premier League experience.
It is also believed he will get on well with Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley, following their fractious three years with Benitez.
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