Magpies bullish over Emre
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle are confident they will win the chase for Inter midfielder Emre Belozoglu.Newcastle United are confident they will win the chase for Internazionale midfielder Emre Belozoglu.
The Magpies have been tracking the Turkey international for much of the summer and submitted a bid to Inter on Thursday.
Inter are still to accept the offer, as Emre is also attracting interest from his homeland, with both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray keen on the 24-year-old.
Emre has previously claimed he has agreed personal terms with Newcastle and is eager to move to The Premiership, rather than heading back to Turkey.
He is expected to complete his switch to St James' Park within the next week and Newcastle are bullish about their prospects of landing the winger.
But Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd has revealed there has been a top-level intervention from Turkey to try to persuade Emre to return to his home nation.
"After weeks of negotiating we are now close to a deal and with Emre coming back off a short holiday we aim to finalise it in the next few days," Shepherd told the Sunday Mirror.
"He is a ferocious competitor and a player who really excites the fans.
"They are fanatical about their football in Turkey and Emre is a national hero. He is the David Beckham of Turkey.
"Such is his standing in Turkey that even the Prime Minister has urged him to return to one of the big clubs over there.
"But he wants to play in England and we want to bring him here."