Gregory's Newcastle revelations
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Portsmouth defender Gregory Vignal has urged Newcastle to move for him.
Portsmouth defender Gregory Vignal has urged Newcastle United to tie up a move for him this month.
The former Liverpool ace has had contact with Marseille and Monaco but would prefer to link up with Graeme Souness on Tyneside.
Doubts over Souness's future have affected any incoming transfer plans at St James' Park in January but Vignal claims The Magpies want to sign a forward before they bring in a full back.
"I am allowed to leave during the winter transfer window," he informed But. "Portsmouth accepted to release me and set a price for a possible transfer.
"I am leaving, knowing I am not attracted by a loan.
"My agent has phone calls with Graeme Souness. I want to work with him.
"He knows me. But, before hiring a left full back, The Magpies have to sign a forward and know if Souness will remain in charge at the club.
"I would like to go to Newcastle.
"This club had direct contact with Portsmouth to negotiate, as did Porto. Porto were interested in me but the club decided to hire a left back they loaned earlier this season to Santa Cruz.
"There were initial talks with Monaco but the Principality side preferred to sign Manuel Dos Santos. My agent was also in contact with l'OM but, finally, it was not sorted out."