Date: 20th July 2006 at 12:50pm
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It is understandable Shepherd will not make any comment in public about his intended targets, but we can confirm enquiries have been made about West Ham United’s Dean Ashton and German international Miroslav Klose.

When at Crewe, Ashton was said by manager Dario Gradi to be ‘the new Alan Shearer’ but insisted he was too quiet for his own good. ‘He needs to be as nasty as Shearer, and frighten defenders!’

Ashton insisted he was happy at Upton Park yesterday, although in the same statement he also admitted he was ‘extremely flattered’ by Newcastle’s interest, while Klose is on holiday having won the Golden Boot as top goalscorer at the World Cup.