Big Sam doubts Heinze deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce has cast doubt on his chances of bringing Gabriel Heinze to Newcastle.Sam Allardyce has cast doubt on his chances of bringing Gabriel Heinze to Newcastle United.
Heinze is looking to quit Manchester United, although Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed no concrete offers have been received.
Newcastle are among the clubs to have been linked with the Argentinian, but Allardyce expects the defender to move to the continent.
"Heinze - if I wanted him, I don't think he would come," said Allardyce on the club's official website.
"Certainly, if he got away from Manchester United, I'm not so sure that it wouldn't be another club somewhere else in Europe rather than in this country.
"It would be nice if he did want to come and we could pursue it, but I don't think we can."
Allardyce also played down talk he is planning a move for Franck Queudrue, who will be allowed to leave Fulham for £3million.
The Magpies boss added: "I wouldn't say we have any interest in Franck Queudrue."
Newcastle had been trying to set up a deal for Edmilson earlier in the summer, but Allardyce admits that bid is on hold while the Barcelona midfielder recovers from a knee injury.
"Edmilson is obviously not for now because the injury is a concern," continued Allardyce.
"We may have to wait until January and it's a great shame for a player of his ability and talent.
"But saying that I think we would've faced competition from the likes of AC Milan and Inter, although there still might be the opportunity to sign him."