Newcastle are keen on signing Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka on a loan deal in January.
AC Milan have been made the early favourites to sign Xhaka, with the player said to have already began his search for a house in the Italian city, but Steve Bruce is confident that the player would be open to moving to the north east.
Newcastle are hopeful of signing Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka on a loan deal in January
Xhaka has not played for the Gunners since he was stripped of the captaincy, a decision that was taken after he swore at fans as he was substituted off during their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
The 27-year-old is eager to leave Arsenal after being told he is unlikely to feature again despite apologising for the incident over a fortnight ago.
Xhaka will need reassurances first that he will be playing regularly in order to ensure that he is in Switzerland’s plans for next summer’s European Championship.
Xhaka reacted angrily to jeers after his substitution in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace
Steve Bruce believes Xhaka would strengthen his side and may be open to joining Newcastle
The Telegraph claim that Xhaka has been made Newcastle’s No 1 priority for January and is aware of their interest in him.
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar is Xhaka’s international team-mate and has told him glowing things about the club and the city.
Bruce wants to bolster his central midfield options and believes Xhaka is a player who will strengthen his team.
Newcastle have outlined other targets due to the competition for Xhaka’s signature but will most likely only explore loan deals, given January is not an easy month to bring in players permanently.
Xhaka was stripped of the captain’s armband and could leave the Emirates in January