Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has insisted reports linking him to the Newcastle job are "news" to him.

Bruce is the bookies' favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez as manager on Tyneside, despite previously managing the Magpies' fierce rivals Sunderland.

The 58-year-old is from the north east and is on Newcastle's list of potential replacements for Benitez after the former Real Madrid coach left at the end of his contract.

But Bruce, who oversaw the Owls' 2-0 win over Shrewsbury in a training game, cooled claims he could take over at St James' Park.

He told the Sheffield Star: "It's news to me. God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge [in the betting] from somewhere.

"John Terry was favourite yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before, so who knows? As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog."