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Exclusive: Mike Ashley wants Veloso at Newcastle

Mike Ashley's surprise visit to the Newcastle United training ground was not a fluke or a course of nature, rather, the billionaire was at the ground to oversee the transfer activity of the club, and to assure Joe Kinnear that he would back the manager with finances provided they were for the 'right players.'

Ashley spent three odd hours discussing the future of Shay Given at the club's facilities yesterday, and also made a surprising decision to pursue Portuguese hotshot Miguel Veloso.

The move was meant to entice Given to stay, as Ashley tried to assert that he had not given up on United and would invest in players like Veloso who could take the club forward.

A club source revealed today that the 22-year-old is a player Ashley wants to see at St. James' Park, and has sanctioned 10 million to go ahead with the transfer.

The source said exclusive to Vital Newcastle United: 'The owner was personally here, and he was serious about making progress in the transfer market. There was a real buzz around the place, and Veloso was the topic of discussion.'

Bolton Wanderers, and Manchester City have been linked with Veloso, but Newcastle United have now made their move for the midfield maestro.

Vital Newcastle United revealed yesterday of Newcastle's overtures to sign the player, and it has emerged today that he is player who Ashley sees fit enough to build a side around.

Sport.co.uk revealed earlier that Veloso's agent had confirmed to the site that his client was the subject of a bid from the Toon.

Sporting Lisbon, Veloso's current club want 12 million for the Portuguese International, but Derek Llambias - the Magpies' Managing Director hopes to tie up the deal for about 10 million.




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Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 28 2009

Time: 5:32PM

Your Comments

so is he trying to pay his way back in to favour? won't happen
GeordieBoy
hehe, another article says that Man city want him. City are prepared to pay his 12m asking price. We aren't !! We've splashed another story into the public light and awoken other clubs to the prospect of signing this suposed wonderkid. Good luck getting him, we'll need it when we're struggling to content with Bolton's offer !!
geordie_mark
...Better get your a*se in gear if you want to sign anybody, nevermind Veloso !!
geordie_mark
Bad luck with regard to Owen and Barton lads. Thought your lot played much better than I expected them to and I thought you might have sneaked a point off us. With regard to Veloso, don't know how serious City's interest is, but if Bolton sign him it would be like putting a Rolex on a monkey. Good luck for the rest of the season.
fifthcolumnblue
hes not going to Bolton for one, I can promise you that much.
Paulinho
 

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