Newcastle United manager

Michael Brown has claimed Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce would get the best out of January loan target Marcos Rojo.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder insisted the Magpies are in desperate need of more top-flight experience.

The Athletic report Newcastle are among a number of clubs interested in taking Rojo on loan in January with Manchester United keen to offload the versatile defender.

Rojo, 30, has not made a matchday squad for Man Utd this season and last played for the club 13 months ago – a one-minute cameo against Brighton.

He spent the second half last season on loan at his boyhood club Estudiantes in Argentina but failed to make an impact because of injury and the pandemic.

Asked by Football Insider whether another centre-half is what Bruce’s squad needs, Brown said: “I think there are quite a few areas that Brucey can go and improve.

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“We know that squad, from the past few years, it’s hard to beat, well organised but not necessarily the best ability in the league.

“They’ve added some, Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, from the last window and that’s going to help them.

“But they need some more experienced Premier League players.

“Rojo would be an interesting one. I don’t know how good he would be but Brucey can get the best out of people that’s for sure.

“Listen, that’s as experienced as you can get at the high end and I’m sure Newcastle will be interested.”

Bruce has used five players at centre-back this season including midfielder Isaac Hayden who dropped into the defence against West Brom last weekend.

Newcastle’s squad has been severely depleted by a coronavirus outbreak earlier this month that led to their game against Aston Villa being postponed.

In other news, Newcastle United have been backed to save £30million with a two-year contract for a “big” talent.