The reported Newcastle United target is a big fan of the player released at St James's Park.
The Magpies are on the hunt for Rafael Benitez's long-term successor on Tyneside after the Spanish manager left the club earlier this month.
And if Bruce does get the job, he might be disappointed that one of his favourite players was released by Newcastle.
This is a player who Bruce is hugely fond of, having worked with him at Hull City.
He said: "We all knew from the moment we signed him that he’s a class act and he’s getting back to somewhere near where we think he is. Let's be fair, he’s too good for this division when he’s playing like he is.”
It's worth pointing out that it doesn't seem like Diame has officially moved to the Middle East just yet, so if Bruce is hired by Newcastle then maybe, just maybe, he might try and tempt the Senegal powerhouse back on a free transfer.
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