Souness on latest moves
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle's Graeme Souness would love to work with Nicolas Anelka.Newcastle boss Graeme Souness has expressed his hope that Nicolas Anelka and Luis Boa Morte will both agree moves to the club.
Chairman Freddie Shepherd confirmed the club's interest in Fulham's Boa Morte and Anelka of Fenerbahce, and Souness would love to see both deals come off.
"The chairman deals with all that," Souness told Sky Sports News. "But [Anelka] is a player that I admire.
"Given the opportunity I would love to work with him.
"Goalscorers are the ones the fans want to see and they are the hardest thing to find.
"It's hard to find a man who scores regularly which is why they are so expensive and demand such high fees.
"Anelka has proved he can play in The Premiership and get goals here so he's a man I would like to work with."
Interest in Boa Morte is also welcomed by Souness, who would be keen to bring the player to the club.
"I understand that [Shepherd] has spoken to Fulham as well," added Souness.
"I think [Boa Morte] would compliment players we have here already.
"He's a naturally left sided player and he typifies what a modern wide player is all about.
"He works both forward and backward for the team."
Souness also talked about the decision to leave Portuguese star Hugo Viana out of the InterToto Cup campaign so as not to disqualify the player from other European competitions should he leave the club.
"Hugo and I have had a conversation about him not being involved in the InterToto," said Souness
"I'm not sure if he will be cup-tied for any future team he might play for in the Uefa Cup.
"We had a conversation and if I can get away without using him in then I won't use him.
"I think he'd prefer to be back in Portugal."
Finally, Souness expressed his hope that Jermaine Jenas would not have been affected by the pre-season speculation of interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
"You'll have to ask him how the speculation is affecting him, but from what I've seen of him I don't think it is," Souness told the club's official website.
"He is one of the best trainers we have got, he has been blessed by nature and is ridiculously fit. Training is easy for him.
"He is a tremendous professional, and I'm sure he will be properly focused and prepared by the time we play Arsenal in the first game of the season.
"JJ is one of the nucleus of players that we see as our future.
"We want to keep the players together for a long period, we have to do that if we are going to have any chance of building something here."