Magpies fail with enquiries
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle have failed with enquiries for Alan Smith and Christian Vieri.
Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness has confirmed he has failed with enquiries for Alan Smith and Christian Vieri.
The Magpies chief is desperate to pep up his attacking options but made fruitless approaches for the Manchester United and Internazionale attackers.
Vieri, whose contract was rescinded with Inter on Friday, is known to be interesting Tottenham but Souness thinks the Italian is bound for La Liga.
"We did inquire about Christian Vieri," he told Newcastle's official website.
"I got a mutual friend to have a word with the player but it appears he wants to go to Spain.
"We made an inquiry for Alan Smith also but were told there is nothing doing."
Smith has always maintained he wants to fight for his place at Old Trafford after arriving from Leeds United last year.
The tigerish England international is keen for more first team opportunities to prove his worth to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Italian sources claim Vieri is attracted by a possible move to England, having played in Spain before with Atletico Madrid, but Souness's information would appear to suggest otherwise.