Magpies wrap up Viduka deal

07 June 2007 04:33
Sam Allardyce has sealed his first signing since becoming Newcastle United manager after completing the free transfer acquisition of Mark Viduka. The 31-year-old former Middlesbrough striker has agreed a two-year contract with the Magpies after passing a medical on Thursday. Newcastle have the option to extend Viduka's stay for a third year should the former Celtic and Leeds United hitman prove to be a hit on Tyneside. The Australia international - who netted 19 times for Boro last season - was keen to tie up his move before jetting off on international duty for the Socceroos in the Asian Cup. Viduka has beaten Joey Barton through the door at St James' Park with the Manchester City midfielder poised to complete a £5.5million move to the north-east. Meanwhile, Allardyce has also revealed his interest in Bolton Wanderers defender Tal Ben Haim. The Israel international is available on a free transfer as his contract at the Reebok Stadium is set to expire next month. "Yes, I'm interested in Tal Ben Haim. He's a free agent and hopefully available," he admitted. "He has got three or four years of experience in the Premiership and I know him inside out. "We had a good working relationship, we grew in the Premiership together and I'm very interested in working with him again."

Source: ESA