According to the Telegraph, Xhaka is “aware” of the Magpies’ interest and Bruce, who is a big fan of the Arsenal man, “has been led to believe there is a chance Xhaka could move to the North East”.
Switzerland international Xhaka has been frozen out at the Emirates after a recent spat with his own fans.
The report also states “Xhaka is an international teammate of Newcastle defender Fabian Schar and has been told good things about the club and the city”.
Meanwhile, Championship club West Brom look set to renew their interest in Dwight Gayle in the January transfer window – and it could allow Steve Bruce to strengthen his Newcastle United squad.
Newcastle United 'closing in' on £13m striker following St James's Park visit
Supercomputer forecasts surprise finishes for Newcastle United, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Everton after contrasting opening day results
Newcastle United preparing bid for £25.3m striker who scored against them in pre-season
Newcastle United in ‘pole position’ for Tottenham Hotspur ace as Magpies ‘eye’ Chelsea quartet
Newcastle United enquire about England international targeted by West Ham
Former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton believes Matt Ritchie felt “a bit unloved” while with Scotland – and he’s backed the Newcastle United man calling time on his international career.
And finally, Newcastle United have confirmed skipper Jamaal Lascelles will be OUT until 2020.
But United look set to be boosted by the return of Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune as cover.