Robson explains double bid
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Both 23-year-olds have been targeted by The Magpies, and the North East giants are looking to seal deals for the pair worth around £15 million.
Chairman Freddy Shepherd is in Brazil meeting with Atletico Paranaense about Kleberson and hopes to land the midfielder for around £5 million within the next 24 hours.
Shepherd held talks with Leeds counterpart Peter Ridsdale about Woodgate, before flying to South America, and will look to seal that move upon his return to England later this week.
Robson is letting his chairman do the talking, but he seems confident about getting his two targets.
"We could not afford to think about these players if it were not for the fact that we've made progress in the Champions League and we have a magnificent stadium and an adoring public," said Robson.
"Woodgate and Kleberson are both 23 and they're in the right age bracket for the squad that we're putting together.
"We sell out every game and we're generating income sensibly. Miracles don't happen and if we want to make progress then it will be through investment."
Talking about Kleberson, Robson added: "When a player of that calibre comes onto the market then as a top club we have to be interested. And we are.
"[Kleberson] is a highly talented player of world repute who has become available. In Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas, Gary Speed and Hugo Viana I know what we have here but we're just investigating the prospect of bringing that player here, too.
"This is the only period of the season in which you can do business and we are conscious of that."