Steve Bruce will throw TWO new signings into FA Cup action – and has entered the race to sign Danny Rose from Spurs.

A 52,000 sold-out St James' Park will witness the debuts of Valentino Lazaro and Nabil Bentaleb, Bruce has confirmed.

Lazaro, 23, was this morning completing a loan move from Inter Milan and trained with the squad in a specially delayed session.

Bentaleb, signed on loan from Shalke on Thursday, has already impressed with his fitness levels and has clinched a starting berth against Oxford.

The United chief is also chasing a third new face – with Newcastle locked in a race with two other clubs to sign Danny Rose, the 29-year-old Spurs left back.

New signing Valentino Lazaro will play in the FA Cup fourth round against Oxford

Bruce said: “When the right ones become available we will act. I hope both will make their debuts.

“Lazaro is here and in the building. We have managed to hold off a couple of clubs. Someone of his pedigree has options. We hope to get the paperwork done so he can play.

Valentino Lazaro is set for a Newcastle United debut

“There was big talk of Leipzig (being in for him) but the idea of the Premier League, his agent was here last weekend to see us beat Chelsea, so we have been patient.

“He will give us something extra going forward, He can play in a few positions. He is an out and out wide player who can give us something.

“Bentaleb too, is a bit of quality. I was impressed with him when he broke into the Spurs team. I have seen enough in two training sessions to know he will be good.

New signing Nabil Bentaleb will play in the FA Cup 4th round against Oxford, a game that is a 52,000 sell out

“He is in remarkable shape considering he has not been playing.”

Bentaleb fell out of favour at Shalke backing the old regime after David Wagner took charge.

But that has not put Bruce off with the United chief saying: “He has had a fall out with a few people. If that makes him a maverick, then bring on the maverick!”

Sceptical Newcastle fans doubted they would strengthen in January and Bruce said: “A lot has been said about Newcastle but from the moment I walked in I have had nothing but support. A couple of signings and we are not finished yet. We are in certain areas a bit short with the problems we have got.”

Asked if he would like to sign Danny Rose of Spurs, Bruce said: "It would be wrong for me to talk about other people's players. But he is a quality player. Who knows?"

Danny Rose is on tottenham's radar

Left sided defender Paul Dummett has had an operation on his injured hamstring and is likely out for the season.

Bruce has revealed another two injury victims in his squad.

He added: We have ten, eleven, twelve missing. The latest? Krafth out for six weeks. It was a bad challenge and he has done his ankle. Florian Lejeune picked up a groin injury scoring either the first or the second. We have lost another two on Tuesday night.

“The squad has been ravaged but we have stuck at it and they have shown spirit. That has shown through in the past few weeks.

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“You can't fault them for the effort and endeavour. They don't give up. The have shocked a few with a couple of results, but we will take that.”

St James' Park is a sell out after ticket prices were kept low – a tenner for adults and dropped to kids for a quid.

“It is a full house. We have got 52,000. Quite unbelievable. We will play out strongest and have a go. We respect Oxford. For a game they can play at the level we can play at. Lower division clubs are capable of that. If you take them lighty you come unstuck.

But we want a cup run. We have not been past the first round since 2005. Perform well and I'm confident.

“It is not everyone's priority but I have been proved right in terms of where Newcastle United sit with it.”