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Roeder still keen on Kuyt
16 Aug 2006 - 12:51:10
Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder has confirmed that he is still hopeful of signing Netherlands striker Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord, but admits that he faces major competition.
The 26-year-old is also a target for Liverpool, but Roeder is desperate to land a big-name forward, with Alan Shearer having retired and Michael Owen being sidelined by a serious knee injury.
He told BBC Radio Newcastle: "He is not the quickest striker I have ever seen in my life, but there is no doubt he knows how to score a goal.
"He is a very, very hard working player, and his body language on the pitch suggests he is the sort of player you would like in your dressing room. He is very committed to the team effort.
"There are lots of plusses as far as Dirk Kuyt is concerned, but I do know we are not the only club who are interested in him.
"Another club, in the top four, are very strongly interested in him.
"We would like to find the possibility of bringing this particular player to Newcastle, and we are working hard on that at the moment."
Dutch coach Marco van Basten believes that Kuyt has the quality needed to succeed in the Premiership, telling reporters: "I think he's good enough to play in England.
"He is a good player, he has a good mentality, good technique, scores and makes goals, so is very useful for a team."