Sevilla eye North East raid
Sevilla are reportedly ready to raid relegated North East duo Newcastle and Middlesbrough. The Spanish giants' sporting director Ramon Gonzalez Monchi is working on the club's targets for the summer. And two names near the top of their wanted list are Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini and Afonso Alves of Middlesbrough. Both high-profile signings have flopped in the North East and following relegation, neither are likely to stay with the pair near the top of their respective sides' wage structure. Coloccini arrived on Tyneside for just over £10million from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, whilst Alves was a club record signing for Middlesbrough when they paid Heerenveen more than £12million in January 2008. Sevilla, who are third in La Liga with one match remaining, already have a strong South American presence in their squad and they would have no qualms about introducing another Argentine or Brazilian international. Reports claim they will make approaches for both players in the coming weeks, after getting positive reactions from the representatives. Both Newcastle and Boro are expected to make big losses on both players, with neither player expected to report back to the North East for pre-season training in the summer. Coach Manolo Jimenez, has given the green light to Monchi to make moves for Coloccini and Alves, has had his contract extended. Jimenez, who took charge from Juande Ramos in 2007, has had his deal extended to the end of next season.
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