Friday, 21 November 2008

Magpies To Swoop For Arsenal's Denilson & Roma's Riise?

Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has been linked with January loan moves for John Arne Riise at AS Roma and Arsenal’s young midfielder Denilson (below), with the pair on the top of a list already handed to Magpies owner Mike Ashley.

61-year-old Kinnear has revealed that he has handed a list of potential targets to Ashley, despite not knowing if he will still be in charge at St James’ Park when the transfer window opens or if Ashley will still be in charge at the up for sale North East club.

Kinnear has not named the targets, but did reveal one was a Roma player believed to be former Liverpool defender Riise and the other player is understood to be Gunners Brazilian midfielder Denilson.

“I have already got my shortlist ready and I will be giving it to Mike,” Kinnear confirmed.

“We need two players in as soon as possible, and I have them in mind.

“One is with Roma and he is not in the team at the moment. The other is a player who has already scored against us this season.

“We need to strengthen the team and the squad, and if we can get them, they would be a big boost because both are top-class players.”

Norwegian International Riise left Anfield for the Stadio Olimpico during the summer for £4million, but is not guaranteed first-team football under Luciano Spalletti at the Giallorossi, with Kinnear revealing that he knows it would cost £2million to bring the Roma target to the Premier League.

“I know their agents and what they would be is loan deals from January until the end of the season. I already know the player in Rome would cost us £2 million to bring over here,” Kinnear added.

However, despite Kinnear claiming to have been a regular visitor to the Arsenal training ground during his time out of management and said to have a good relationship with the Frenchman. Kinnear might find it hard to persuade Wenger to let 20-year-old Denilson leave the Emirates Stadium on loan, with the midfielder featuring in 18 of the Gunners 21 matches so far this campaign.

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