Date: 15th February 2009 at 6:32pm
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Newcastle United are understood to be readying a sensational summer swoop for Argentine midfield maestro Juan Roman Riquelme from Argentine Primera División side Boca Juniors.

The 30-year-old has been a target for the Magpies since last summer, and now, Mike Ashley and his team of negotiators are preparing a deal to bring the talented midfielder to St. James’ Park.

It is understood that Newcastle United are reluctant to pay the ?7 million fee wanted by Boca, but are keen to offer the player a season-long loan deal.

United are desperate to sign a creative midfielder in the summer, and Riquelme could be the answer – considering the player’s vast experience in club, and International football.

He has scored six goals in 27 appearances for Los Xeneizes this term, and is looking a player who could make an immediate impact in England.



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