Date: 31st August 2006 at 11:46am
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… rejected an approach from the Toon for Mark Viduka.

The Magpies and Boro have been battling throughout the summer over the FA’s decision to let Roeder manage Newcastle despite not having the required tickets that go with the job. They have appointed Gareth Southgate on the strength of ‘if Newcastle can do it … we can do it’, using United as a yardstick. Something that caused a bit of a rift between the two clubs.

Newcastle are believed to have offered James Milner, a Boro target in the past, for Viduka. But the Smogs want none of it.

Anything can happen before the transfer deadline closes, and Newcastle could revised bid. Watch this space.