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Steve Bruce to manage Sheffield Wednesday in friendly today as Newcastle haggle over fee

NEWCASTLE managerial target Steve Bruce is set to take charge of Sheffield Wednesday today in their pre-season friendly with Lincoln.

The Magpies are currently negotiating a compensation fee with the Championship club to take Bruce away.

The former Sunderland boss has been in the Hillsborough hot seat since January.

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But he is now set for a return to the Premier League with boyhood cub St James’ Park.

After an extensive search for Rafa Benitez’s successor, owner Mike Ashley has settled on Bruce.

The 58-year-old is ready to take the job on Tyneside.

However, Sheffield Wednesday are digging their heels over a compensation package.

That has delayed Bruce’s impending appointment at St James’ Park and, as a result, he is continuing his work at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls play at League One Lincoln today, with kick off at 1pm.

“Newcastle are aiming to prise away Bruce as well as his backroom team”

Bruce will be in the dugout as Sheffield Wednesday chiefs still expect the manager to carry out his role as normal in the meantime.

Newcastle are aiming to prise away Bruce as well as his backroom team.

The former Manchester United defender, who is on a rolling contract at Sheffield Wednesday, hopes to take Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence with him to Newcastle.

But talks over a fee are holding up their exit as The Owls want more than the £1m it was believed would be enough to snap Bruce and his team up.

The exact figure Sheffield Wednesday are now demanding is unclear although it is significantly more than £1m.

Whether the haggling leads to Ashley pursuing another manager yet remains to be seen.

He has already shocked Newcastle supporters once this summer by calling off contract negotiations with fan-favourite Benitez, announcing the decision on the club website without telling the Spaniard first.

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