Newcastle United manager attempted to convince Ross Barkley to move to St. James’ Park last summer, according to a report.
The Chronicle have claimed the Magpies boss ‘made a pitch’ to sign the 27-year-old from Chelsea, but it was blocked after moves were made for Jamal Lewis, Mark Gillespie, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.
Barkley ended up heading to Aston Villa on a season-long loan.
The England international made a cracking start for Dean Smith’s side and was at the forefront of some brilliant attacking performances early doors, but has not featured since the end of November due to a hamstring injury.
He is expected to return very soon having resumed training.
After being unable to land Barkley, Bruce did not pursue any alternative targets, and fans are pessimistic about the arrival of an attacking midfielder this month.
Barkley would have been a great signing
He’s not played as much as he’d have hoped at Villa Park, but Barkley showed in the first few weeks of 2020/21 what he’s all about.
The £15 million star (BBC Sport) drives forwards with the ball and operates in those spaces between midfield and defence.
He’s direct and powerful with good technical ability and these kind of traits are sorely lacking right now in Newcastle’s midfield.