Could Newcastle United move for Danny Welbeck if Steve Bruce arrives?

Danny Welbeck of Arsenal looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brentford at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England.

Newcastle United are said to be closing in on a move to appoint Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce as their new manager.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United  at Hillsborough Stadium on March 04, 2019 in...

Steve Bruce once raved about Newcastle United, and it could well be that he makes a move for the free agent striker when he takes over at St. James’ Park.

The Sun have suggested that Bruce is on the verge of leaving Sheffield Wednesday to join Newcastle.

When he does arrive on Tyneside his first priority is likely to be to sign a striker, as Newcastle’s options look so short.


The sale of Ayoze Perez and the termination of Salomon Rondon’s loan mean that Newcastle have lost their two top scorers from last season, and there is a clear need to add up-front.

Welbeck could now become an option for Newcastle, as a free agent.

Newcastle, of course, do not like to sign players of Welbeck’s age.

However, an exception could be made for the 29-year-old, as they won’t need to pay a transfer fee.

Danny Welbeck talks to journalists after an England training session at St Georges Park on May 28, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Bruce also knows Welbeck well, as they linked up at Sunderland together earlier in their respective careers.

And Bruce said to the Chronicle: “I’m not surprised at the impact he has had at Man U because, for someone so young, some of the things he did for us were terrific.

“We saw while he was here what a top, top player he is.”

Welbeck’s career in more recent times has been plagued by injuries, but that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t have something to offer at Newcastle.

If the Magpies could keep him fit, Welbeck’s pace and energy would surely be welcomed at St. James’ Park.

And Bruce’s arrival would surely increase the likelihood of Newcastle making a move for the free agent striker this summer.

Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on October 31, 2018 in London, England.

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