Unai Emery: Newcastle in talks with former Arsenal manager over succeeding Steve Bruce

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Unai Emery led Villarreal to Europa League glory last season  (Getty Images)
Unai Emery led Villarreal to Europa League glory last season (Getty Images)

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery could be set for a return to the Premier League with Newcastle.

The Magpies are on the hunt for a new manager after Steve Bruce was sacked following the Saudi Arabian-led takeover at St James' Park, and according to reports the Spaniard is the first-choice option on Tyneside.

Newcastle are currently in talks with Emery over a move to the north east and would have to pay €6million (£5.1m) in compensation to LaLiga side Villarreal, where the 49-year-old has been working since July last year and with whom he won the Europa League with victory over Manchester United in May.

Emery's side eliminated Arsenal in the semi-finals en route to winning the title.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also been linked with the Newcastle job, though Emery is the front-runner.

The Magpies - under the temporary leadership of Graeme Jones - are currently languishing in the Premier League's bottom three and are one of two sides - along with Norwich - still without a win after 10 games.

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