Date: 15th August 2006 at 11:06pm
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The player has gone public and said he wants to join Newcastle, and Roeder has seen more of the Dutch international than he probably has of Damien Duff … yet the deal is still on ice.

But it’s a bit worrying that the manager still cannot make up his mind if he is the player he wants.

Freddy Shepherd told Roeder he is sick of paying out inflated fees on players who don’t cut the mustard at St James’ Park, and obviously the new manager is making double sure.