Toon to pull Nic and Luis deals
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle are set to pull out of their moves for Nicolas Anelka and Luis Boa Morte.Newcastle are set to pull out of their moves for Nicolas Anelka and Luis Boa Morte.
The North East giants lodged bids for both forwards last week, but their offers were immediately shunned by their respective clubs - Fenerbahce and Fulham.
Newcastle were expected to go back with fresh bids for both players this week, but chairman Freddy Shepherd insists no new offers will be made for either Anelka or Boa Morte.
"In the past perhaps we have been willing to bring in a player at any cost but we are not going to be anybody's mugs any more," stressed Shepherd.
"They (the bids) are certainly not derisory and we won't be budging. If the clubs in question decide to pick the bids up, then great.
"If not, then we will move on. If we don't get them, Graeme and the scouts will identify different players and we will move for them."
One deal that talks are continuing over is that for Craig Moore.
The experienced Australian defender has been targeted by manager Graeme Souness and he could soon seal a move to St James' Park.
"He has indicated he wants to come to Newcastle, but we have got to have a deal that suits both parties and talks are ongoing," Shepherd told the club's website.