During his time at Aston Villa, Steve Bruce arguably made one of the best signings in recent years by spending a bargain £2.75million to beat Celtic in the race to sign John McGinn – now at Newcastle, he has got to produce a repeat.
Signed from Hibernian, McGinn has gone on to shine for Aston Villa and some reports now claim the Scotland international is worth £50million with Manchester United said to be sniffing (Scottish Sun).
His Scotland counterpart Callum McGregor is currently shining north of the border with Celtic and was reportedly a target for Leicester in the summer, but Brendan Rodgers opted against raiding his old side for the £15m-rated playmaker (Scotsman).
McGregor, 26, has impressed and already has an enormous 250 appearances under his belt for the Scottish champions. He played alongside Jack Grealish while on loan at Notts County in 2013-14, and Grealish has made a big claim about his future.
Indeed, the Aston Villa skipper went as far as telling the Daily Record that McGregor would be a success in the Premier League: “If he ever did come to the Premier League, 100 per cent he’d be a success.”
Bruce is now in charge of Newcastle and the ex-Villa boss is struggling for numbers in the middle of the park. The rise of the Longstaff brothers has aided his woes, but Isaac Hayden could leave, while Ki Sung-yueng is expected to do so next month.
That would leave Bruce with just the Longstaffs and Jonjo Shelvey. A new central midfielder is an absolute must, and at £15million, they could do a lot worse than signing left-footed midfielder McGregor.
Moving for the Scotland cap would see Bruce pull off another major transfer coup as he did with McGinn. It is easy to see that McGregor would be a good signing, especially after the backing from Villa skipper Grealish.