Magpies in late Fredi move
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
<EM>Skysports.com</EM> understand Newcastle want to hijack Sevilla's swoop for Fredi Kanoute.Skysports.com understand that Newcastle United are planning a last-ditch bid to grab Fredi Kanoute from under the noses of Sevilla.
The Spanish club claim they have agreed a deal with Spurs for the Mali international, with the move subject to a medical being completed.
However, Newcastle are now hoping to scupper Sevilla's bid to sign Kanoute by offering him the option of St James' Park instead.
It is believed that Kanoute has flown out to Spain to look around Seville, but Newcastle are hoping to persuade him to snub their overtures to move to Tyneside.
The Magpies are desperate to bolster their attacking options, having missed out on several top targets including Nicolas Anelka and Luis Boa Morte.
Kanoute is understood to be keen to remain in England and the late, dramatic option of a switch to The Magpies would surely prove tempting.
He revealed last week that he felt that Tottenham were trying to force him out of the club in a bid to raise funds for their own transfer plans.
Spurs are keen to offload Kanoute but it is believed they would prefer to sell him to a foreign club rather than to a Premiership rival.
West Ham, Everton and Manchester City have also been linked with a move for Kanoute, but the 27-year-old is thought to favour a move to Newcastle.
Sevilla are confident they have got their man but there could be late developments.