Report: Steve Bruce wants his ex-Villa loanee Yannick Bolasie at Newcastle

Manager of Aston Villa Steve Bruce during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Will Newcastle United really raid Premier League rivals Everton to reunite Steve Bruce with Yannick Bolasie?

Yannick Bolasie of Aston Villa scores for Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on October 02, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Steve Bruce wants to make his former Aston Villa loanee Yannick Bolasie one of his first signings at Newcastle United, according to 90Min.

It seems only a matter of time before Bruce, a Geordie who has made no secret about his lifelong love for the Magpies, is handed the job of his dreams.

Bruce, and his staff, walked out of Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon with Newcastle paying the £4 million compensation fee to release the former Sunderland boss from his contract at Hillsborough (the Sun). And it seems that he is already thinking about transfer targets.

 

90Min claims that Bruce wants Everton’s seldom-seen midfielder James McCarthy, as well as an experienced winger he knows very well.

After all, £28 million Toffees flop Bolasie spent a few months alongside Bruce at Aston Villa last season and, even if he failed to make a real impression in claret and blue, he still has an admirer in the shape of the 58-year-old tactician.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough Stadium on March 16,...

“If he stays fit and his knee is right and he keeps playing like he did today then we have a very good player on our hands,” Bruce told BBC West Midlands Sport in October last year.

With the Liverpool Echo reporting that Bolasie has a £10 million release-clause in his Everton contract, Newcastle could sign an experienced Premier League forward who still has the pace and trickery to leave opposition full-backs red faced while hardly breaking the bank.

Though links with Bolasie, and McCarthy, rather reflect how Newcastle fans feel about Bruce as a whole; they’re past their best, cheap for a reason and, most damagingly of all, not quite at the level The Magpies should be aiming for.

Yannick Bolasie of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday at Villa Park on September 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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