TOTTENHAM’S Danny Rose is heading to Newcastle United as Steve Bruce looks to ease Newcastle United’s wing-back problems.

The England and Spurs defender is believed to have warmed to the idea of leaving the North London club this month and is said to be keen to return north. 

And Bruce is on the verge of securing his services, despite the ongoing takeover push from a consortium funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund.

Rose has shifted on his stance to run down his contract before leaving Tottenham in the summer. He has previously had a loan stint at Sunderland

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is happy to let him go too having seen him drop down the pecking order since he took at the North London club.

Rose had been a long-term target for Manchester United but a shift in policy has seen them target younger players in the last 12 months.

Newcastle also have a preference to buy players with years on their side but Bruce – like Rafa Benitez felt before – would be happy to sprinkle his squad with a bit more experience.

Newcastle have floated the idea of signing Rose on loan until the end of the season when he will become a free agent – but in the meantime it will ease Bruce’s problems down the left in the absence of Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett.

It is well known that Bruce would like a new left-back and striker on board after Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline, but the defensive addition has become more important.

That said, Newcastle are keeping an eye on options in the final third and 34-year-old Olivier Giroud is someone Bruce feels would help if a proposed move to either Tottenham or Inter Milan does not materialise. The sticking point is that Giroud is seeking an 18-month deal somewhere.

Giroud’s future at Chelsea is part of a transfer saga that is also seeing the Blues and Tottenham chase AC Milan’s Krysztof Piatek.

The Poland international is also on Newcastle’s list of targets but the £27m asking price does not suit the Magpies at this stage.

Newcastle have a long-standing interest in Hull forward Jarrod Bowen too, with claims last night that a £20m offer was being discussed between the two clubs.

Everything, of course, can suddenly all change if the consortium fronted by financier Amanda Staveley, and funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, pulls off the £340m takeover of the Premier League club after advanced talks.

It is understood that discussions which have been ongoing for months are close to reaching a conclusion this week, and it is still far from clear whether the deal with go through.

The next 48 hours are critical with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley indicating to those closest to him that he expects to determine if it has failed or succeeded before the weekend – when the window will have closed.

Ashley - who has been talking to other prospective buyers - is known to be frustrated that details of the talks were leaked out last weekend, having already encountered previous leaks that scuppered the other deals over the last 18 months, including with Staveley and Peter Kenyon.

The Saudi involvement clearly means the figures involved in such a takeover could lead to Newcastle having a lot more money to spend in future windows, although given previous failed takeover attempts there is a reluctance among fans to get prematurely excited.

Regardless of what happens Newcastle are unlikely to be looking to add another midfielder to the squad before the transfer deadline, despite learning Jonjo Shelvey will be absent for a month.

The influential midfielder will miss the bulk of February after suffering another muscle injury, something which has plagued Bruce’s squad this season.

His latest hamstring strain will keep the 27-year-old out for at least a month and he could miss the next five matches.

Newcastle does have cover in that midfield area, having added Nabil Bentaleb to the squad this month on loan from Schalke to battle with Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff and Isaac Hayden for a shirt.

Bruce is happy for Ki Sung-Yeung to leave along with Henri Saivet, who has not been included in Newcastle’s Premier League squad anyway this season. Newcastle face Norwich City at St James’ on Saturday sitting seven points above the bottom three.