Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce smiles

Ryan Fraser would be a “great signing” for Newcastle United if they can get a deal over the line, according to Michael Brown.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thought the 26-year-old would have signed for a club higher up the table than the Magpies this summer.

As revealed by Football Insider, Steve Bruce’s side are confident of tying up a deal for the Scotland star after a breakthrough in negotiations over a free transfer.

Fraser has been without a club since the start of July after his contract at Bournemouth came to an end.

Brown, who claims the Cherries made the winger a “fantastic” contract offer, has already blasted the “mismanagement” of the free agent.

However, he thinks Steve Bruce could be the perfect manager to help the versatile attacker rediscover his form – even if Newcastle are not the high flyers he expected him to join.

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“Great signing for Newcastle if they can sign him, I think that would be a real solid signing,” Brown told Football Insider.

“He’s a player I really like, fantastic ability and we’ve been seeing the best of him but for me, because of this, no disrespect to Newcastle, we’d expect him to be signing for a different club, not Newcastle United.

“Steve Bruce can go in and take advantage of the fiasco that’s been going on, it would be a great signing and Steve can get the best out of him.

“If you look at Ryan Fraser, you think this has not been ideal, who’s a manager who can get the best out of me, believe in me, then it could work. You’re almost saying he needs relighting again, Ryan Fraser, he was top of the shop to who’s taking him? It’s incredible.” 

Fraser has a total of 16 goals and 29 assists to his name in 120 Premier League appearances to date.

However, he struggled for form last season and scored just once as Bournemouth were relegated.

In other news,  Bent claims star was “nailed on to join Liverpool” before Newcastle United pounced to agree terms of deal that’s all but done.