Souness spies Steed
By Tom latchem
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle have targeted Steed Malbranque should Jermaine Jenas leave the club.
Newcastle have targeted Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque as a potential replacement should Jermaine Jenas leave the club.
Manager Graeme Souness has a wealth of midfield talent, bolstered further by the arrivals of Scott Parker and Emre from Chelsea and Internazionale respectively, but is nervous about losing England international Jenas.
Jenas, 22, is believed to be eyeing a move to the capital - either with Tottenham or Arsenal - after Souness revealed the player told him living in Newcastle was like living in a 'goldfish bowl'.
Malbranque is seen as an ideal replacement for the former Nottingham Forest youngster, though Manchester City have already seen two bids for the 25-year-old Frenchman turned down.
But Newcastle have money to spare - as evidenced by their pursuit of several world class players, including Real Madrid and England star striker Michael Owen - and can offer more than the Eastlands club.
Rumours in France suggest Malbranque would prefer a switch to Newcastle over any move to Manchester.
Fulham have already spent much of the summer blocking The Magpies' attempts to sign Luis Boa Morte but there could be fresh interest in the Portugal international's team-mate.