Newcastle are reportedly confident of signing Granit Xhaka in the January transfer window after international teammate Fabian Schar sang the praises of the club.
Xhaka, 27, has been cast out at Arsenal after his outburst against Crystal Palace last month and could make the switch to the North East on loan in January.
The Gunners skipper was roundly jeered against the Eagles as he trudged across the Emirates turf to be replaced by youngster Bukayo Saka.
And the 27-year-old let his emotions get the better of him when he bit back -telling his own fans to ”f***off” before striding down the tunnel.
Having been stripped of the captaincy and excluded from all match day squads since, it seems his future lies elsewhere.
AC Milan have been touted as favourites to land the star but Steve Bruce is interested in taking him to the Toon, according to the Telegraph.
The 27-year-old is eager to quit the Gunners and play regularly in order to secure his place in Switzerland’s squad for next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.
And his Swiss teammate and friend Schar is said to have recommended St James’ as a good place to do such a thing.
Bruce has targeted a central midfielder in January and Xhaka has reportedly been made aware of the Magpies’ interest.