Lua Lua decision in a fortnight
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The African forward spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Portsmouth and helped to keep the club in The Premiership.
He had fallen out of favour at Newcastle and further appeared to burn his bridges with Sir Bobby Robson when he refused to answer a call to play in the Uefa Cup semi-final against Marseille.
Pompey and The Magpies are haggling over a transfer fee for the pacey attacker, with a permanent switch to Fratton Park the likeliest outcome.
But Lua Lua insists he would have no qualms in being part of the Newcastle set-up next season and is optimistic of knowing his future within a fortnight.
"I'd be delighted to be a Portsmouth player next season," commented Lua Lua.
"Equally, I would not have a problem with going back to Newcastle.
"Hopefully the matter will be sorted out in the next ten days."
Meanwhile, Portsmouth have been linked with a swoop for Hertha Berlin defender Josip Simunic, who has previously caught the eye of manager Harry Redknapp.
The South Coast club are eager to bolster their back-line, with veteran centre half Martin Keown a target for Redknapp.
But Simunic, who will represent Croatia at Euro 2004, is another possible recruit and a season-long loan for the imposing stopper could be arranged.