Paulo Fonseca remains the bookmakers favourite to take over at Newcastle United following Steve Bruce's departure.

The former AS Roma boss is currently out of work having left the Italian capital in the summer.

The 48-year-old has built up a growing reputation in the game for attacking football, something that Newcastle fans have been crying out for.

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Recent reports have stated that Fonseca "is ready to accept" the offer to become the new Magpies manager, with the club currently mulling over its options.

We've taken a look at some of Fonseca's former players who he could bring to Tyneside.

Leonardo Spinazzola - AS Roma

Leonardo Spinazzola after Italy's win in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final

Perhaps one of the more ambitious players on the list, Leonardo Spinazzola was one of the standout players for Italy as they won the Euro 2020 title this summer.

The AS Roma left wing-back was a constant threat from the full back position and was arguably the player of the tournament prior to picking up an injury.

It's for that reason, the Italian full back remained at Roma during the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old ruptured his Achilles tendon during Italy's 2-1 win over Belgium in the Quarter Finals of the competition, and is undergoing rehab.

The Magpies are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and Fonseca signed the full back from Juventus during his time at AS Roma.

The Portuguese coach is a fan of attacking football and Spinazzola's rampaging runs from the back could see them reacquainted.

Rafa Silva - SL Benfica

Rafa Silva of SL Benfica

Rafa Silva is another player who enjoyed some of his best football under Paulo Fonseca.

The pair were both at Braga and Silva made 50 appearances under Fonseca, scoring 12 goals from the wing, notching eight assists.

His form under Fonseca saw Benfica come calling in 2016.

One stumbling block for the Magpies, would be a €60million buy-out clause inserted into his contract.

Newcastle need attacking options to improve their front line, but such a hefty fee could see the Magpies look elsewhere.

Lorenzo Pellegrini -AS Roma

Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma

Another ambitious signing, would be Lorenzo Pellegrini from AS Roma.

The versatile midfielder was an ever-present during Fonseca's time in Rome.

The 25-year-old made 81 appearances under the Portuguese head coach.

He notched an impressive 14 goals and staggering 23 assists from midfield and was part of the Roma side that reached the Europa League semi-final under Fonseca.

Pellegrini had been called up to Italy's Euro 2020 squad, but an injury ruled him out of Roberto Mancini's squad ahead of the tournament.

It's another standout player and would cost a hefty fee, baring in mind Pellegrini signed a new five year extension at the Giallorossi.

Fred - Manchester United

Fred of Manchester United

The current Manchester United midfielder has found life tough at Old Trafford and is often scapegoated for their midfield calamities.

However, Fred made quite the impression under Fonseca during their time at Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed for the Red Devils for a reported fee of £47 million - agreeing a five-year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

He's one of the big names at Old Trafford that could be culled if they were to make a managerial change and Newcastle could pick him up for a cut-price fee.

He made 66 appearances in the heart of midfield under Fonseca in Ukraine, scoring 8 goals and notching 11 assists.

It hasn't quite worked out in Manchester, but Fonseca could hand him a lifeline in English football if the pair were to end up at Newcastle.

Gianluca Mancini - AS Roma

Gianluca Mancini of AS Roma and Lorenzo Insigne of SSC Napoli compete for the ball

Another mainstay for Fonseca during his time in Rome.

Mancini arrived at AS Roma on loan from Atalanta with a conditional obligation to buy for €13 million plus bonuses and a 10 per cent sell on fee.

The 25-year-old centre-half made 81 appearances under the Portuguese head coach, scoring six goals and grabbing three assists.

The defender is renowned for his aerial prowess and is capable of playing in a back three or a back four.

His versatility has seen him play at right-back and in midfield on occasion for the Giallorossi.

The Magpies are in need of quality defensive reinforcements and could do much worse than Mancini.