Steve Bruce planning reunion with midfielder at Newcastle United for £15m
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is planning a summer move for 25-year-old creative midfielder John McGinn if Aston Villa are relegated.
Bruce himself brought McGinn to England during his time at Aston Villa, signing the Scottish international from Hibernian.
If Villa are relegated, the veteran manager wants McGinn at Newcastle to shore up their midfield, with the Scottish international's performances throughout the last two seasons attracting the likes of Manchester United as well.
However, with Paul Pogba looking more comfortable at United, they have cooled their interest and Newcastle once again seem to be the biggest contenders for his signature.
Newcastle's other top target is Danny Rose, who has performed well in a six-month loan from Spurs, with Bruce hoping to sign him permanently in the coming weeks.
Whilst there is plenty of uncertainty regarding the Saudi takeover, Bruce is still adamant on going ahead with his transfer plans, and signing McGinn would prove to be a good start, especially since he is not as costly as other players.
Speaking on transfers, Bruce said "Obviously, we need to see where we are and what we are but we are pressing on and planning in terms of going forward."
Bruce added that he hopes that they will be "in a position to do some business sooner rather than later."
McGinn currently has a valuation of around £15m, but due to the pandemic, they might actually manage to get him cheaper.
Newcastle's other loanees, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro, have reportedly not captured Bruce's eye, not doing as much as Rose to persuade him to sign them.