By Alan Hutton

9th Sep, 2020 | 6:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: 'All the Arsenal talk' may have badly affected Newcastle star

Alan Hutton insisted Steve Bruce will have played a big role in Ryan Fraser signing for Newcastle United after the Arsenal speculation ruined his final Bournemouth season.

The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes his old boss would have taken the time out to talk to the 26-year-old on numerous occasions and convince him of a move to St James’ Park.

The Magpies confirmed the capture of the Scotland winger on a free transfer earlier this week after he left Bournemouth at the end of his contract.

He had been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal after the 2018/19 campaign while he came under fire for choosing not to play for Bournemouth during the Premier League’s ‘project restart’ last term.

Hutton believes that all the talk of a move really affected Fraser and that Bruce will have used his “great man-management” to reassure him.

“All the Arsenal talk came about going into his final year. I think it was difficult for him,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“He’s a very quiet boy and it looked as if it upset him a little bit, maybe he wasn’t sure how to handle it and then obviously not playing towards the end of the season, it was a difficult time for him.

“I think for Steve Bruce to go and get that signing over the line is really well done to him.”

“Steve Bruce, great man-management, it wouldn’t surprise me if he spoke to him a few times, laid out his plan of how he wants to go about things. Obviously I know him very well so he’d have bought into that for him.”

Newcastle have also brought in Fraser’s former teammate Callum Wilson from Bournemouth this summer.

The signings of Mark Gillespie and Jamal Lewis round off the club’s first-team transfer business so far.

In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are set to table a surprise new contract offer.