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Heinze on the menu for Toon

Jul 9 2007

 

by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

 

NEWCASTLE United could be ready to join in the hunt for Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze.

 

It’s no secret that Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen his defence and the left-back area a real cause for concern with the Premiership campaign now just a month away.

 

And with Heinze thought to be disgruntled at Old Trafford, due to his battle for the left-back position with Senegal-born French international ace Patrice Evra, the South American is believed to be open-minded about his future.

 

The 29-year-old has been in action for Argentina in the Copa America and helped them into the competition’s last four last night with a 4-0 win over Peru in Venezuela.

 

 

Heinze is set to face the music about his future when he returns to England after the tournament, but he is unlikely to settle for a place as second-choice left-back at Man United.

 

 

The Red Devils’ North West rivals Liverpool are keen to sign Heinze, with the Argentinian likely to command a fee of around £4m.

 

 

And even though Heinze is under contract at Man United, he is ready to invoke a FIFA ruling which allows him to buy himself out of his contract and reduce his own transfer fee should the need arise.

 

 

However, with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona also in the hunt for Heinze, Newcastle would face stiff competition to win the player’s signature.

 

 

Yet with Liverpool and Man United not having done business in the transfer market for 43 years now, it is unlikely that his destination will be Anfield come the end of the current transfer window.

 

 

Sir Alex Ferguson was said to have reacted with “horror” to the prospect of Heinze quitting Man U for Merseyside, and it is a safe bet that the legendary manager would do everything he can to stop him going to Liverpool.

 

 

And even though Allardyce would have a tough fight on his hand with the likes of Real and Barca is he is to lure Heinze to Gallowgate, his track record in attracting top- notch players at Bolton would put him in good stead, not to mention his superb relationship with Man U boss Ferguson.

 

 

Fergie had promised Big Sam a “hug and a kiss, maybe two kisses” after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea handed the title to the Red Devils in his last act as Bolton boss towards the end of last season but the Old Trafford manager may be ready to play ball and take any approach seriously from Newcastle, having already loaned Seppe Rossi to the Magpies last term.

 

 

Heinze signed for Man U from Paris St Germain back in 2004 for £6.9m, and despite tumbling down the pecking order at Old Trafford he became a popular figure for Fergie’s side until Evra’s arrival last year.

 

 

And the uncertainty of his future was confirmed when he uttered the names of some of Europe’s top clubs this month, saying: “I already play for one super club and other ones such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have been mentioned.

 

 

“For me to go, the offer has to be good for everyone.”

 

No quotes, not even a "source" or a "club insider". :icon_lol:

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Heinze on the menu for Toon

Jul 9 2007

 

by Lee Ryder, Evening Chronicle

 

NEWCASTLE United could be ready to join in the hunt for Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze.

 

It’s no secret that Sam Allardyce is desperate to strengthen his defence and the left-back area a real cause for concern with the Premiership campaign now just a month away.

 

And with Heinze thought to be disgruntled at Old Trafford, due to his battle for the left-back position with Senegal-born French international ace Patrice Evra, the South American is believed to be open-minded about his future.

 

The 29-year-old has been in action for Argentina in the Copa America and helped them into the competition’s last four last night with a 4-0 win over Peru in Venezuela.

 

 

Heinze is set to face the music about his future when he returns to England after the tournament, but he is unlikely to settle for a place as second-choice left-back at Man United.

 

 

The Red Devils’ North West rivals Liverpool are keen to sign Heinze, with the Argentinian likely to command a fee of around £4m.

 

 

And even though Heinze is under contract at Man United, he is ready to invoke a FIFA ruling which allows him to buy himself out of his contract and reduce his own transfer fee should the need arise.

 

 

However, with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona also in the hunt for Heinze, Newcastle would face stiff competition to win the player’s signature.

 

 

Yet with Liverpool and Man United not having done business in the transfer market for 43 years now, it is unlikely that his destination will be Anfield come the end of the current transfer window.

 

 

Sir Alex Ferguson was said to have reacted with “horror” to the prospect of Heinze quitting Man U for Merseyside, and it is a safe bet that the legendary manager would do everything he can to stop him going to Liverpool.

 

 

And even though Allardyce would have a tough fight on his hand with the likes of Real and Barca is he is to lure Heinze to Gallowgate, his track record in attracting top- notch players at Bolton would put him in good stead, not to mention his superb relationship with Man U boss Ferguson.

 

 

Fergie had promised Big Sam a “hug and a kiss, maybe two kisses” after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea handed the title to the Red Devils in his last act as Bolton boss towards the end of last season but the Old Trafford manager may be ready to play ball and take any approach seriously from Newcastle, having already loaned Seppe Rossi to the Magpies last term.

 

 

Heinze signed for Man U from Paris St Germain back in 2004 for £6.9m, and despite tumbling down the pecking order at Old Trafford he became a popular figure for Fergie’s side until Evra’s arrival last year.

 

 

And the uncertainty of his future was confirmed when he uttered the names of some of Europe’s top clubs this month, saying: “I already play for one super club and other ones such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have been mentioned.

 

 

“For me to go, the offer has to be good for everyone.”

 

No quotes, not even a "source" or a "club insider". :icon_lol:

He could at least weave Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink or "Geordie-born Muff Muffson currently living in Manchester", into the article.
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Would obviously be a good singing but for the fact there will be big european clubs in for him and Fergie isn't one for giving players who aren't past it to prem teams. So its pretty much a non starter.

 

Granted we aren't currently a rival to manu but i don't think he'd want to sell to anyone in the prem in case he had a stormer of a season and made it look a big mistake.

 

Still, there's no harm in asking and if it came to a choice of us and Liverpool i'm sure manu and especially Fergie would do everything to see he didn't sign for Liverpool!

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