Sam keen on new defenders

17 July 2007 08:36
Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is determined to strengthen his defence before the new Premier League season starts in just over three weeks' time. Allardyce has allowed defensive trio Olivier Bernard, Craig Moore and Titus Bramble to leave St James' Park this summer, while the only arrivals have been David Rozehnal, Joey Barton, Geremi and Mark Viduka. The former Bolton boss is keen to rectify that state of affairs, saying: "We need three or four solid, very, very good defenders from wherever it may be, and we will be a force this year. "But we need to get them first. If he (billionaire owner Mike Ashley) wants to give me a little gift after with a galactico, I won't say no. "We have targets, but in terms of top targets, the list is running out rather rapidly now. "I wouldn't say we have any interest in Franck Queudrue. "(Gabriel) Heinze - if I wanted him, I don't think he would come. I think he would have his sights on a greater club than this one. "Certainly, if he got away from Manchester United, I'm not so sure that it wouldn't be another club somewhere else in Europe rather than in this country. "It would be nice if he did want to come and we could pursue it, but I don't think we can."

Source: ESA