Sunday 18 August 2019

Bruce takes flight from Owls job

Steve Bruce is seeking to take up the manager position at Newcastle. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Steve Bruce is seeking to take up the manager position at Newcastle. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Luke Edwards

Steve Bruce is still hoping to be able to link up with Newcastle United in China as he looks to force a breakthrough in the negotiations by resigning from Sheffield Wednesday.

Chris Hughton has reportedly turned down an offer to replace Bruce at the helm as the Owls seek a new manager for the second time in seven months.

Bruce was set to be appointed by Newcastle last week but the switch had been temporarily halted over an increasingly acrimonious dispute over compensation.

Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but the need to have a boss in place is growing more urgent by the day as they need him to give the green light to that transfer.

Bruce is also aware that time is his enemy as he looks to start the difficult process of replacing Rafa Benitez as manager. He knows he will walk in a toxic atmosphere on Tyneside with thousands of season tickets unsold and many strongly opposed to his appointment, but wants to make a start regardless.

Although sources have denied Sheffield Wednesday wanted £6m (€6.6m) in order for Bruce to be allowed to leave a job he has only held for six months, they were looking for a multi-million-pound settlement which Newcastle refused to pay for a manager on a one-year rolling contract.

Meanwhile, Everton have signed midfielder Fabian Delph on a three year contract from Manchester City in a deal believed to be worth £8.5m.

The 29-year-old England international has been part of the Manchester City squad that has won two successive Premier League titles and Everton manager Marco Silva hopes he can bring some of that experience to the Toffees' dressing room.

"When I look to bring a new player into our squad, the first thing I look for above all the other things is quality and Fabian is a player with high quality," Silva said.

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