Magpies still in hunt for Kleberson
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Magpies appear to have turned their attentions back to the defensive-minded midfielder following the near completion of their capture of Jonathan Woodgate from Leeds United.
Tyneside chairman Freddy Shepherd appeared to end their interest over the weekend when saying they 'would not be held to ransom' by the Brazilian outfit.
However, it is believed that representatives of the player and Brazilian club are on Tyneside in a bid to thrash out a deal.
With Kleberson still in Brazil there would seem to be little time to conclude a deal before the midnight transfer deadline, but there are in fact few barriers to a transfer being pushed through.
If terms can be agreed, an independent doctor could put the player through his paces in view of a medical.
And, the Football Association have confirmed to planetfootball.com that there is no barrier to a transfer being concluded by fax.
Provided the FA receive the appropriate documentation by midnight, a player can be signed from anywhere in the world.
There is still certain to be a lot of talking to be done over the next few hours, but there is a chance that Sir Bobby Robson could snaffle the holding midfield player he has been craving.
In other news, Magpies academy youngster Neale McDermott has agreed a deal with Fulham and will join The Cottagers on Friday.