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Steve Bruce tries to force through Newcastle United move

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Bruce resigns with Newcastle offer on table

STEVE BRUCE has reportedly resigned as Sheffield Wednesday boss as his move to Newcastle edges closer.

Newcastle held talks with Bruce on Saturday in their search for a successor to Rafael Benitez, who turned down a new contract to stay with the Magpies last month.

Bruce is expected to leave Sheffield Wednesday to takeover at the club he supported as a boy.

Steve Bruce has been widely tipped to become the new Newcastle United manager.

Bruce, meanwhile, was sacked by Championship outfit Aston Villa towards the start of last season, before joining Sheffield Wednesday earlier this year.

The Owls are believed to want a substantial seven-figure settlement for a manager who only took charge at Hillsborough in February.

The former Hull gaffer took charge of Wednesday's 3-1 pre-season friendly win against Lincoln over the weekend in which he was confronted by a furious fan.

The team is now on their pre-season tour in China under the supervision of no manager as they get ready to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League Asia trophy in Nanjing on Wednesday.

"It has happened so quickly that I have got to take stock of the situation".

"It's in the hands of the two clubs at the moment".

"At this particular moment, there is nothing really to talk about until the two clubs reach some sort of compromise".

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