Date: 18th August 2006 at 11:33am
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Newcastle are set to go head to head with Bolton for the signing of the Russian striker, and it could have been settled earlier had he applied for the paperwork to get into the country a little bit earlier.

The Zenit St Petersburg player is 23 and was voted Russian Player of the Year last season when he scored 17 goals.

Kerzhakov is a Russian international, with pace and an eye for goal, said to be similar to Craig Bellamy … but without the attitude.