A report in the Daily Star claims that Newcastle United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
Zakaria is valued at £25.2m by Monchengladbach.
Bruce, however, still believes that he can convince Xhaka to swap the Emirates for Tyneside and re-establish himself as a respected Premier League player.
Perhaps a move away from Arsenal to Newcastle would allow the Swiss to thrive?
Do you think Newcastle will sign Xhaka in January?
The Xhaka transfer saga is sure to rumble on deep into the January transfer window, and it seems that the Toon will face stiff competition for his signature.