By Alan Hutton

28th Aug, 2020 | 6:00pm

'Would swing it for me' - Exclusive: Pundit suggests Bruce may seal Newcastle transfer hijack

Alan Hutton insists that Newcastle United will find it “difficult” to convince Arsenal ace Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join the club over Wolves this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa defender admits that Steve Bruce would be a big factor if he was making the decision but that other players might need more convincing.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Magpies have launched a bid to try and hijack Wolves’ raid for the versatile 22-year-old as they put the finishing touches on his move from Arsenal.

It is understood Newcastle are willing to match the terms of the four-year deal offered at Molineux but still face an uphill task to try and convince the utility man to move to St James’ Park.

Hutton insists that Bruce’s presence in the dugout on Tyneside would be a big factor in his own decision making but suggests Maitland-Niles will prefer a move to Wolves.

Asked if he thought Newcastle would hold any appeal over Wolves, Hutton told Football Insider: “Well me personally it would because Steve Bruce is there and I know the manager he is and how good he can be so that would be the swing for me.

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“Obviously another player, who doesn’t know him, it’s difficult. We’re talking about Newcastle are a massive club, they are, in anybody’s opinion but they’ve not quite hit the heights that everybody knows that the can.

“Wolves have so I think the draw for him would be one, Wolves are a very good team with a good manager and a young, hungry team who are trying to do things and they’re already on the way to doing that.

“It’s close to London, it’s not that far, so I think he’d be more keen on that than the Newcastle situation.”

Maitland-Niles has played at both right-back and central midfield in recent seasons, although was used primarily as a defender last term.

He played 33 times across all competitions and has a total of 100 appearances under his belt for Arsenal.

In other Newcastle United news, the club have issued a response after an offer for 29-year-old Magpies star.