Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has been backed to get the best out of target Callum Wilson by his former player Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Bent, who worked with Bruce at Sunderland, claimed Newcastle would be a good fit for the Bournemouth striker.

Newcastle have agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old after tabling a £20m bid for the England international, as revealed by Football Insider.

This site revealed earlier this week that the Magpies had overtaken their Premier League rivals Aston Villa into pole position for Wilson’s signature.

The forward has also attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur this summer as he looks to secure a return to the top-flight following Bournemouth’s relegation.

Asked by Football Insider whether Bruce will be able to get the best out of Wilson, Bent said: “Yes, 100%.

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“If Steve Bruce speaks to him and says ‘listen, you’re one of our top priorities, you’re going to play’ and sells him the dream, like he did for me when he was at Sunderland, then he can get the best out of him.

“For me, I’d like to see Callum Wilson up there. 

“I know Villa will be in for him amongst other teams but Newcastle would be superb for him.”

Wilson has netted 41 goals in 126 Premier League games for the Cherries after their promotion in 2015.

Last season he scored eight goals in 35 league games as Bournemouth finished 18th and were relegated to the Championship.

The striker earned his first England cap in 2018 where he scored on his debut against the USA.

In other news, Newcastle United have been tipped to sign ‘fantastic’ 24-year-old after £22m rival deal agreed.