Magpies make Emre bid
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle have lodged an official offer for Inter midfielder Emre Belozoglu.Newcastle United have stepped up their bid to sign Emre Belozoglu after lodging an offer with Internazionale.
The Turkey international has been one of Magpies boss Graeme Souness' top transfer targets over the summer and he is now finally close to snaring his man.
Emre has been discussing personal terms with Newcastle for several weeks and claimed last month that he had concurred on a deal to move to St James' Park.
The stumbling block has been reaching an agreement with his current club Inter regarding a fee.
Inter are believed to want around £4 million for the midfielder, who has struggled to establish himself at Giuseppe Meazza.
The transfer is now closer to being finalised after Newcastle confirmed they have submitted a firm bid for the 24-year-old.
"We have been talking to the player with Inter's permission and we have now tabled an offer," Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd told the club's official website.
"We are now waiting for Inter to come back to us with their response."