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Newcastle line-up Cleverly.
Newcastle United are lining up a summer bid for highly rated Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly this summer, according to North East newspaper ‘The Journal.’ United boss Chris Hughton is said to be eager to tie up a loan deal for the midfielder as he looks to bolster his side ahead of the Toon Army’s Premiership return. With money tight at St James’ Park a season long loan deal could be put to Cleverly who is certain to have a number of options this summer after scoring 12 goals on loan at Watford last season.
Magpies join Altintop race.
United have been lining up a bid for Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop according to The Guardian. The 28-year-old midfielder is available on a free transfer but United face competition with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp also interested in the versatile Turkish international. Altintop is capable of playing as both a holding or attacking midfielder as well as on both wings and is best known for his flair and ability to find the net from a distance.
Carroll rejects Scotland approach.
The Shields Gazette has also reported Newcastle hot-shot and England Under-21 forward Andy Carroll has rejected Craig Levein’s latest approach to play for the Scottish national side. Geordie born Carroll flourished in the Championship last season netting an impressive 17 goals and the striker rejected the latest Scotland approach after intervention from England Under-21 boss and ex-Magpie Stuart Pearce. Pearce is said to be impressed with the performances of the United front-man and assured him England boss Fabio Capello will be watching him next season. Scotland boss Levein however is prepared to wait, knowing Carroll will be eligible until the day he pulls on the England Jersey.