The Manchester Evening News says midlands sources have suggested there could be an audacious inquiry from Bruce for Heskey's England team-mate Michael Owen, should Newcastle decide to listen to offers in the New Year.
Latics fans will also remember their own club's strong interest in Owen. Dave Whelan sounded him out in Spain and made him an offer to join Wigan.
Owen later thanked Whelan in person for his interest but explained he had opted to join Newcastle.
Both Bruce and Whelan would no doubt be delighted to have the England frontmen leading the attack for Wigan, but even if Newcastle grow impatient with the injury-prone Owen, the chances of him teaming up with Heskey at the JJB Stadium are slim.