Date: 1st January 2009 at 1:20pm
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Today`s Mail speculates on a couple of names that Joe Kinnear is interested in taking to SJP. The first is a long term target, Chris Samba, who has been linked with Tyneside on numerous occasions since performing heroics for Blackburn. Kinnear also suggested one of his main targets was a player who scored against us this season, leading many to tie in Samba as one of the few reasonable cases.

Papa Bouba Diop has also found himself linked to us previously and the man named ‘The Wardrobe` is probably one of the ideal signings for a midfield that needs a hard case holding player now Nicky Butt is failing. £5m is being tipped as the possible fee.